Found April 26, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
Following Cleveland’s selection of LSU LB/DE Barkevious Mingo, team CEO Joe Banner and head coach Rob Chudzinski talked with the media about the pick. Joe Banner spoke about Mingo’s character- “He is very high character, very hard working, extraordinarily competitive naturally, this guy. We’ve talked about bringing in aggressive players to play an aggressive scheme. He fits that very well. This was the outcome we were hoping for. We’re very excited.” Rob Chudzinski on the characteristics that made them choose Barkevious- “His athleticism speaks for itself. He’s an extremely gifted athlete, explosive, great speed off the edge and a developing player. Obviously, he’s been battle tested in the SEC. He has played a lot. He still has plenty of room for growth. But, we really see him as an outstanding pass rusher and somebody that is going to be able to bring that to our team.” Banner spoke about adding Mingo to a group that now includes Paul Kruger, Jabaal Sheard and Quentin Groves as edge rushers- “It really started with our coaching search, and Chud’s philosophy which was part of the reason he got the job frankly by playing aggressive attacking defense, making life uncomfortable for quarterbacks. Being on the attack even when the other team has the ball and I think you can see it in the moves we’ve made that our philosophies are consistent whether it was the free agent moves, what you’ve seen so far in the draft. It fit the plan from the coach to the coordinator through to the players we’re adding.” To which Rob Chudzinski added- “Like Joe was talking about, it has been a priority for us. We want a strong front and guys that can run, hit, who are relentless. Affecting the quarterback in this league is a key to winning games and a key to playing great defense. So as we went through the process looking at guys who could do that, obviously, we found some guys in free agency that could do that and fit that bill. Going forward in the draft, we felt the same way about Kiki. It happened that he was available there and we’re happy to have him.” There will be a press conference Friday at 2:00pm to introduce Barkevious to Cleveland. [Related: The Browns and the first round- Barkevious Mingo]

First Round NFL Draft Grades: Cleveland Browns

PICK: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSUANALYSIS: I hate this pick. Mingo just ins't that good. Cleveland already got their pass rusher in free agency, and didn't need to take a chance on a bum like Mingo with the sixth overall selection. I think he will be a bust very early on, similar to Maybin in 2009. Cleveland will regret not taking Smith or Milliner here I believe. GRADE...

Browns select DE Barkevious Mingo at 6

BEREA, Oh --There was no trade. There was no quarterback. There was no cornerback at the Browns most arguable need with the first pick. But the Browns did add to their arsenal of pass rushers as they took LSUs Barkevious Mingo with the sixth pick overall. Mingo (6-4, 241) ran a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash. described Mingo as a quick twitch pass rusher with extraordinary...

Mingo adds to Browns pass rush group

BEREA, Ohio -- The next time Joe Banner says the Cleveland Browns priority is to get after the quarterback and they are not leaning toward taking a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft well lets get on board.Because with the sixth pick, the Browns bypassed a quarterback (thank goodness) and took the best pass rusher available, which isnt all that bad when its all taken...

NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Select Barkevious Mingo

With the 6th pick in the NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Barkevious Mingo. Mingo, a Junior Defensive End from LSU, is an impressive pass rusher who has been part of one of college football’s best defenses the last 3 seasons. With the Browns switching to a 3-4 defense they will hope Mingo can provide them the edge rush and consistent pressure the defense needs. Here’s...

Is it going to be the Mingo, Austin show?

It's tonight! The 2013 NFL Draft gets underway at the stroke of 8pm EST on the clock.  Scenarios are swirling around the New York Jets organization, but the two names that seem to keep surfacing are pass-rush specialist out of LSU, Barkevious Mingo, and play-maker extrodinare, WR Tavon Austin, out of WVU.  DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo is known for shedding blocks, on his...

The Browns and the First Round: Barkevious Mingo

We are less than a week from the NFL Draft, also known as the most important day of the year for your Cleveland Browns. With (another) new regime taking over the reigns and new schemes in place on both sides of the ball, it is crucial that Joe Banner, Mike Lombardi, Ray Farmer, Rob Chudzinski and the crew nail these three days. It all starts Thursday night with the primetime First...

2013 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Snag Barkevious Mingo

The Cleveland Browns finished the 2012 season in the basement of the AFC North with a 5-11 record.They headed into this year's Draft with a new front office, new coaching staff and a very young group of core players on offense.With the addition of free agents Paul Kruger (LB from Baltimore), Quentin Groves (LB from ) and Desmond Bryant (DL from Oakland) this off-season, the Browns...

And with 6th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft the Cleveland Browns select…

Barkevious Mingo DE from the Louisiana State University.  This is a great pick for the Browns who struggled on defense for the last half decade.  Mingo can get up field and after the QB as well as run stop.  He should be a main stay for the Browns defense that they can build around for years to come.  Geax Tigers and Geax Browns.

LSU has 8 defensive players drafted

LSU opponents often felt as if they were playing an NFL defense when they faced the Tigers. Turns out, they weren't wrong. The Tigers had eight defensive players selected during the three-day, seven-round NFL draft. LSU defenders started coming off the board Thursday in the first round when outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo went No. 6 to Cleveland; safety Eric Reid also...

Mingo, Reid Go in 2013 NFL First Round

The first round of the NFL Draft has come and gone which saw two LSU Tigers hear their names called. Barkevious Mingo went 6th overall to the Browns while Eric Reid was picked 18th by the San Francisco 49ers. Kevin Minter, who was a fringe candidate for the first round, did not get to hear his name called (nor did Manti Te'o, for that matter). He'll be among the many Tigers...
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