Originally written April 27, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.   “I view Barkevious Mingo as a Type B player: Exceptional Physical Talent – Barkevious will be a starter in his first season and will reach Pro Bowl status when fully developed; has rare athletic ability and position skills; is a top 5 – 10 selection; his college circumstances / system limited his production in that he was often asked to play a “robber” role but we saw him unleashed in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl game vs. Clemson where there are moments you find yourself saying: “Wow”. Mingo has excellent football IQ and is able to read and diagnose run and pass plays quickly; his instincts are strong and his motor is consistent and inspired; he showed the ability to take on and defeat college tackles with his speed and length; while he does not excel on the inside rush he can be elite when he attacks the edge; Mingo was not asked to drop into coverage often but showed the ability to do so as I will show below in the film breakdown section; his hands are active, strong and give him the ability to create space while rushing the passer; his blitz and pass rush skills and abilities have yet to be fully tapped for an athlete who possesses an elite first step and an array of rush and hand moves that enable him to get free at the POA and get to the QB; his length consistently shows up on film as an advantage in that he can, as stated before, disrupt the passer even if he wasn’t able to get the sack.” [Krupa/Orange and Brown Report] —- “What he brings to the Browns is that he is very good in coverage — as a cornerback should be — by being able to change directions with fluid hips, an eye to break on the ball yet still keep an eye on the quarterback and he is able to recover nicely if he somehow gets beat. McFadden also is very good at disrupting the ball from receivers by getting a hand in the way of the wide outs hands or ball. Being a former wide receiver helps McFadden perform well in 50-50 chances as does his ability to get interceptions at a better clip than someone who has only been a defensive back. The few downsides of McFadden are that he is not great in bumping or jamming a wide receiver at the line of scrimmage, and some of that has to do with him being just 5-foot-10. That size also gives him trouble trying to cover the taller and lengthier receivers. The Browns need playmakers on defense and McFadden fits that bill, and if he is able to make plays like he did at San Diego State then he McFadden should see some playing time in Cleveland early on.” [Mauss/Mountain West Connection] —- “Browns: Again, a team that comes out of a loaded second day with just one selection … unless you count their decision to trade for Davone Bess. I don’t because, well, he’s Davone Bess. Their only selection was cornerback Leon McFadden out of San Diego State. That’s a position of need, sure, but couldn’t they have landed a cornerback in the first round instead of linebacker Barkevious Mingo? In my mind, that’s a better combination of need and talent joining together than what Cleveland pulled off.” [Brinson/CBSSports] —- “McFadden totaled 61 tackles with 12 passes broken up and three interceptions this season. 2012 was the best year of his collegiate career and McFadden was solid at the Senior Bowl. He is on the shorter side, but could be a nice slot corner in the NFL. McFadden ran a little slower than expected at the Combine. The former wide receiver has a reputation as a good cover corner. McFadden totaled 46 tackles, 15 passes broken up and two interceptions in 2011. He recorded 55 tackles, 12 passes broken up and two interceptions in 2010.” [Campbell/WalterFootball] —- “The NFL draft, while celebrated and speculated over by an increasingly rabid, large number of people, has grown into an uncontrollable monster. Mock drafts are treated like some sort of gospel, despite 99.9 percent of the picks being flat-out wrong. In that regard, they are the draft’s closest resemblance to an actual religion. But speculation is so rampant, so hilariously wrong at times, that anyone can call him/herself a “draft expert.” The title of “draft pundit” pops up in a lot of Twitter profiles this time of the year. Because there is no consequence for being wrong – literally none at all – there is suddenly a flourish of supposed knowledge about every college player. There is no denying that the NFL draft is more exciting than other sports’ drafts. In the NFL, a rookie can make an overwhelming impact on a team, sometimes completely reversing the fortunes of a downtrodden organization (see: every other team but the Browns).” [Dimatteo/Dawg Pound Daily] —- “A good number of names and faces may have changed during the offseason, but the bullpen still remains the biggest strength of the Cleveland Indians. Gone from last year are mainstays Rafael Perez and Tony Sipp. Also sent away in the winter was Esmil Rogers, who became a key contributor to the 2012 relief staff.Tribe General Manager Chris Antonetti spent the offseason collecting relief pitchers the way some people collect baseball cards and stamps. He held fast to that old saying of never having enough pitching. Newcomers to this season’s pen include Matt Albers, Rich Hill Bryan Shaw. Nick Hagadone and Cody Allen, a pair of 2012 rookies, have been key contributors so far this season.Despite all the turnover and relatively new arms, the relief corps continues to hum along as it has over the past several seasons. Of course, a key to keeping relievers as the best group on the club are the names that haven’t changed in recent years. Closer Chris Perez and setup men Vinnie Pestano and Joe Smith have been in their roles with the Tribe the past three seasons. Just about every team in baseball would love to have a trio like that at the back-end of its bullpen. Much like seasons past, Cleveland’s Big Three are off to another fruitful start. Smith has been nearly untouchable, not allowing a run on four hits in seven and 2/3 innings. Perez and Pestano have matching 1.29 ERAs in seven innings of work, each. Success for the top three arms in the pen is to be expected, however. What some questioned at the season’s start was how everyone else around them would fare. Through 20 games, it is so far, so good.” [Gifford/DidTheTribeWinLastNight]  
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