It’s not necessarily the most exciting thing when your team uses the sixth overall pick to take a guy who, according to popular consensus, is the third best player available in a draft at a position. But Barkevious Mingo might be better suited to play 3-4 outside linebacker, as opposed to a 4-3 end, than any of the “edge rusher” prospects in this draft, which would help explain why the Browns were so high on him that they passed, per Joe Banner, on a chance to trade down.
Mingo measured 6-4 and 241 pounds at the NFL combine in February and timed a swift 4.53 in the 40-yard dash.
“We’re extremely excited about Kiki,” said [Browns head coach Rob] Chudzinski. “The things that stood out were the kind of person he is, outstanding character, extremely recommended from the people we talked to. Impressive young man.
“And his athleticism speaks for itself. He’s extremely gifted, explosive, great speed off the edge. He’s been battle-tested in the SEC, played alot, with still a l...