So – remember all that talk about how Joe Banner knew everyone and had talked with every team in the league about trading down?
I must have been thinking of the Bills.
I guess it’s not that big of a deal because Barkevious Mingo has nowhere to go but up, up, up.
According to those who know, Mingo has “big upside” – as does every other f-ing player selected in the draft. If a team is taking a player that has “no upside”, I would be a little concerned.
Or at the least, he’s another part on a team that is missing quite a few in some other vital areas – something Rob Chudzinski is about to soon realize.
“Adding [Mingo] in the mix gives us another pass rusher and a solid rotation. That group we plan on rotating anyhow between Paul, Jabaal, [Mingo] and also with Quentin [Groves]. You can’t have enough pass rushers, and keeping those guys fresh is a key.”
But then again, according to local sports legend Hiram Boyd, this draft was “easy.” “Just take pass rushers.” And now the Browns have four:
1. Paul Kruger – Who turned in a most opportune Scott Mitchell-esque contract year – on the Ravens no less, a team who if they don’t re-sign their players – it’s probably for a very good reason.
2. Jabaal Sheard – Still the team’s best pass rusher, but likely to be jettisoned for some fourth-round scraps any minute now.
3. Quentin Groves – He could represent the kind of value that Groves himself looks for in a lady of the night.
4. Barkevious Mingo – And then there’s this guy.
Mingo is an extremely explosive pass-rusher off the edge. He gets upfield quickly with the ability to sink his hips to be able to turn the corner to get pointed to the quarterback. Mingo needs to improve his pass-rushing moves to the inside and could use more work on a spin move. He is too reliant on a pure speed rush around the corner. In the NFL, he won’t be able to beat tackles by racing them around the corner on every down.
Mingo was held in check by Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews, the best tackle he battled this season. Against Florida, he had a splash play with a forced fumble, but was creamed in the ground game throughout the second half by the Gators.
Alabama’s right tackle, D.J. Fluker, struggled all year in pass protection, but Mingo was a non-factor against Fluker aside from two plays. Mingo drew a holding penalty and batted down a third-down pass attempt, but overall Fluker kept him from making an impact against the Crimson Tide.
And this can’t be good.
Cleveland Browns: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
The Steelers take players like (Jarvis) Jones while the Browns take players like Mingo. That is why Pittsburgh wins and Cleveland picks in the top 10 every year. Mingo is a one-trick pony speed-rusher. The Browns already had some decent edge-rushers in Jabaal Sheard and Paul Kruger. Mingo’s run defense is terrible and he probably will be a situational player at best early in his NFL career, possibly for the entirety of his career.
Cleveland had bigger needs than outside linebacker, but the organization went for a player who is just a projection. Mingo never produced up to his potential in college and it wouldn’t be surprising if that’s the case in the NFL.
Then there’s also the whole thing about Mingo actually peaking early in his college career, while his last two seasons have been marginal. In most respects, this guy could have been a top three pick if he were able to come out two years ago. Granted, the same potential he had then matches to the current day – meaning that there is a great chance Mingo becomes the latest in a long line of first round pass rusher busts.
Or, he simply becomes another piece of a really weird pass rushing rotation in Cleveland.
In all fairness, the Mingo pick is no doubt clouded by the idea that the Browns robbed themselves by taking the guy at 6 without gaining any additional picks. Considering that the Jets were supposedly heavy on Mingo leading up to the draft and based on the desires and extra draft picks that both the Rams and Vikings carried, it seems deflating that the Browns both were unable to improve their draft lot AND reached for a player.
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