Originally posted on Cleveland Frowns  |  Last updated 4/26/13
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. Per Grossi:  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 lot of room for growth.” Mingo’s lean frame is both his greatest strength, lending to his quickness, and his greatest weakness. As a defensive end, he could be swallowed up by 300-pound tackles. He had only 15 sacks in three years at LSU – dropping off to 4.5 last year – as opposing offenses dictated protection schemes toward Mingo after early success in his career. But the Browns are of the opinion that Mingo will benefit from the switch from college defensive end to outside linebacker in an aggressive 3-4 scheme. At LSU, Mingo often was asked to contain rather than rush the SEC’s mobile quarterbacks. Freeing up Mingo to rush from unpredictable angles out of a two-point stance may make him more productive in the NFL, the Browns believe. He really does seem like a nice bright guy SO DID COURTNEY BROWN WE ARE DOOMED and it would be hard to make up a better name, so we’ll see. Maybe the Browns are developing a really good pass rush. ————— It is April 26, 2013, and the Cleveland Browns still do not have a quarterback. This is your open thread for the rest of draft weekend. The second and third rounds resume at 7:00 tonight, with the rest starting at noon tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who came to the Map Room last night and please note that there’s another really good draft party tomorrow at Barley House for the Karen Foundation, a fundraiser for the National Multiple Scleroris Society. Tweet
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