Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Browns' picks: Round 1/6 - Barkevious Mingo, LB, 6-4, 237, LSU...The Browns want Mingo to start on the right side with Paul Kruger on the left and pressure the quarterback relentlessly. Mingo had eight sacks in 2011 and 4.5 last year, but coach Rob Chudzinski isn't concerned about the decline. Mingo did very little pass coverage at LSU and will have to learn that with the Browns. - The Sports Xchange
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Like most of LSU's top players, Mingo was a highly regarded prep prospect. Unlike the majority of the Tigers, however, he hadn't been highly touted for long as Mingo only began playing football as a junior in high school. Nevertheless, the speed Mingo had demonstrated as a track athlete that led the coaches at West Monroe High School (West Monroe, La.) to convince him to play quickly resulted in his catching the attention of college teams, as well.
Mingo signed with LSU in 2009 but redshirted. He proved himself to be a playmaker once he did get on the field, posting 35 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles despite only starting one game (saw action in all 13) in 2010.
Though he'd demonstrated great speed off the edge and uncommon awareness to get those long arms into passing lanes (second on the team with six passes defensed), no one could have foreseen his breakout 2011 campaign. The LSU coaches certainly didn't. Mingo began the season behind veteran Ken Adams at left defensive end and actually only started four games in 2011. That didn't stop him from registering 46 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss (leading the team) and eight sacks (second on team).
Mingo possesses the frame (6-5, 240 pounds) and athleticism to warrant top 10 consideration, but at this point he remains a largely unpolished product who relies on his natural tools rather than technique to make plays.
Given Mingo's upside, it is easy to imagine him terrorizing NFL quarterbacks off the edge as a multi-dimensional defender. Considering Mingo's relatively pedestrian numbers (38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks) in 2012, however, the junior might have been better served returning to Baton Rouge for his senior season.
Strengths: Possesses a lean, athletic build with plenty of room for additional muscle mass. Has an explosive first step and the combination of flexibility and closing speed to exponentially add to his sack numbers in the more pass-happy NFL than he had while at LSU. Alert defender who will get his long arms into passing lanes when unable to get to the quarterback. More physical than his frame looks. Fights through blockers at the line of scrimmage to make plays in the running game and anchors surprisingly well given his lean lower half. Possesses as much upside as any prospect in the 2013 draft.
Weaknesses: Looks more like a small forward than an NFL defensive end and could be asked to make the transition to outside linebacker, a position he's never played. While possessing explosive straight-line speed, has very long legs, which make him less fluid when changing directions than ideal. Relies upon his burst upfield to beat pass blockers and simply hasn't developed the counter moves to complement his speed in three seasons of action, leading to some concerns that he won't.
Compares To: Bruce Irvin, DE, Seattle Seahawks -- Mingo is longer than Irvin and therefore possesses more athletic upside. Like Irvin, who led all rookies with eight sacks in 2012, Mingo's speed should result in eye-popping numbers immediately. He doesn't have an effective counter yet, however, and is a liability against the run, at this time.
One of the most dominant pass rushing defensive ends in school history with 29 tackles for loss and 15 sacks in 40 career games ... Started 15 times ... Added 119 total tackles (60 solo) ... Added 27 quarterback hurries and batted down 11 passes ... Second team All-SEC as a sophomore and junior ... Freshman All-SEC in 2010 ... Opted to forgo senior season with the Tigers after being projected as a first round NFL Draft pick in 2013.
Played in all 13 games with 10 starts ... Earned second team All-SEC honors after recording 38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks ... Led Tigers with 12 QB hurries ... Had tremendous game vs. Clemson despite missing most of second half due to illness ... Had five tackles, 3.0 tackles for 9-yard in losses and a half sack in Chick-fil-A Bowl contest against Clemson ... Added a forced fumble ... Had at least one tackle for loss in six games ... Had one sack in games vs. Towson, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Mississippi State ... Had season-best six tackles vs. North Texas in first game of year ... Recovered fumbles in road games vs. Florida and Texas A&M ... Had three QB hurries in road win over Auburn.
One of the SEC's most dominant pass rushers who played in all 14 games with four starts ... Backed up Ken Adams early in the season at defensive end ... A second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press ... Led the team and ranked third in the SEC in tackles for loss with 15.0 for 93 yards ... Was second on the squad and finished seventh in the SEC in sacks with 8.0 for 60 yards ... His 15.0 tackles for loss ranked ninth in LSU single-season history, while his 8.0 sacks finished ninth as well in single-season school history ... Totaled 46 tackles on the year with 11 quarterback hurries ... Started against Ole Miss, Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama in the BCS Championship Game.
Team-high 1.5 tackles for loss in the BCS title game ... Set a career high with five quarterback hurries in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia ... Posted a career-high three tackles for a loss and two sacks along with one QB hurry against Arkansas ... Posted three solo tackles, including one sack and 2.0 TFLs at Ole Miss ... Set a career high with eight tackles, one sack and a QB hurry versus Western Kentucky ... Named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after tallying a career-high two sacks for a loss of 21 yards with four total tackles and a QB hurry against Auburn ... Posted four tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and one QB hurry against Kentucky ... Recorded one sack and a forced fumble at Mississippi State ... Productive game against Northwestern State as he recorded three tackles, one TFL, one PBU and one QB hurry.
Played 13 games with one start at right defensive end at Auburn ... Racked up 35 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, six pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... Used his long arms and quickness off the edge to finish second on the team with six PBUs ... Credited with four assisted tackles and two PBUs against Alabama ... Made his first career start at Auburn and picked up two tackles and one QB hurry ... Tallied five tackles with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble against Tennessee ... Registered two QB hurries, one PBU and two tackles against West Virginia ... Stood out at Vanderbilt with five total tackles, one 11-yard sack and a forced fumble ... Saw his first action as a Tiger in the opener against North Carolina and made his presence known by recording three solo tackles with one tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery.
Spent his freshman season on the scout squad ... Redshirted in 2009.
A 5A first-team all-state selection, Mingo recorded 59 tackles to go with seven tackles and four tackles for losses in helping West Monroe to the state championship game in 2008 ... Added four forced fumbles and recovered seven fumbles in 2008 ... As a junior, tallied 55 tackles to go with six sacks and 12 tackles for loss ... Named all-state in Class 5A as a junior ... A four-star prospect according to Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Rated as the No. 8 linebacker in the country by SuperPrep ... Rated as the No. 6 strong side linebacker by Scout.com ... Rated as the No. 9 outside linebacker by Rivals.com ... A member of the Rivals 250 and Scout 300 ... Rated as the No. 5 best athlete among linebackers by Rivals.com ... Rated as the No. 3 player in the state of Louisiana by SuperPrep ... Ranked as the No. 8 player in the state of Louisiana by Rivals.com ... Rated as the No. 63 overall prospect in the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 ... Named to the New Orleans Times Picayune Blue Chip List and the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen ... Coached by Don Shows.
Full name is Barkevious Levon Mingo ... Nickname is KeKe (pronounced Key-Key) ... In 2009 was voted "Name of the Year" by an online fan competition ... Born Oct. 4, 1990, in Belle Glades, Fla. ... Dad is Hugh Mingo and mom is Barbara Johnson ... Has four siblings - Hugh Mingo III, Hughtavious Mingo, Malik Johnson and LaDarian Johnson ... Majoring in sports administration.
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Browns' picks: Round 1/6 - Barkevious Mingo, LB, 6-4, 237, LSU...The Browns want Mingo to start on the right side with Paul Kruger on the left and pressure the quarterback relentlessly. Mingo had eight sacks in 2011 and 4.5 last year, but coach Rob Chudzinski isn't concerned about the decline. Mingo did very little pass coverage at LSU and will have to learn that with the Browns. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Browns opt for 3-4 pass rusher...The Browns, switching to a 3-4 defense under first-year coach Rob Chudzinski, decided getting a pass rusher with their first draft choice was more important than plugging a hole at right cornerback. To that end, Joe Banner used his first pick as CEO of the Browns to draft defensive end Barkevious Mingo from LSU with the sixth pick overall Thursday night. In choosing Mingo the Browns passed on Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, who was taken three picks later by the Jets. The Browns do not have a second-round pick, so the soonest they can draft a cornerback to replace 34-year-old free agent Sheldon Brown is the third round. "If that situation presents itself, that would be great. But if not, we're not going to force it," Banner said. "We're not going to fill all the needs of this team this year. It's just not going to happen." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - The plan is to play Mingo at right outside linebacker. Paul Kruger, the Browns top free-agent acquisition, is the left outside linebacker. Chudzinski was impressed by what he saw of Mingo on tape and even more impressed by Mingo's pre-draft visit to Browns headquarters. "He's somebody we strongly felt we want to put into our locker room," Chudzinski said. "His athleticism speaks for itself. He's an extremely gifted athlete. He's explosive - great speed off the edge. He's a developing player. He's been battle-tested in the SEC. He has plenty of room for growth, but we see him as an outstanding pass rusher and somebody who is going to be able to bring that to our team."
Three picks before the Browns took Mingo, the Dolphins traded up with the Raiders from 12 for the third pick to draft defensive end/linebacker Dion Jordan from Oregon. As it happens, the Dolphins and Browns open the 2013 regular season in Cleveland. "I think I'm the best pass rusher (in this draft)," Mingo said. "Week One and the preseason I'll get to show that." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Mingo had more production as a sophomore in 2011 than as a junior last fall. He had 46 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks two years ago. Last year he produced 38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Chudzinski is not concerned about the drop-off. "You don't just look at sack totals, but disrupting and outing pressure on the quarterback," Chudzinski said. "As you watch games and study him, he had a lot of snaps where he did that. Just making the quarterback step up and slide and throw on the move. He was getting chipped and had people slide to him. Even so, he affected the quarterback." As an end at LSU, Mingo was rarely involved in covering tight ends or running backs. He admits that is something he has to work on, but Chudzinski is confident Mingo can learn. "There are a few snaps of him dropping but for the most part he did not," Chudzinski said. "He'll have to work on that. From a physical standpoint, it's just a matter of getting out and working. From a mental side of it it's knowing and understanding coverage." - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 9. OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU (6-4, 241, 4JR)...Mingo's draft projection is based more on potential rather than production, but he displays the length, quickness and overall athleticism to be a special edge rusher. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com