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AFC North: Cleveland Browns Draft Analysis And Grade

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November 17, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) raises his hands to the fans during the first half against the Ole Miss Rebels at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Ole Miss 41-35. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Most Surprising Pick: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB. A lot of people were expecting the Browns to take Dee Milliner, so when the card read Mingo, many people were stunned. Mingo has a lot of talent, and although the coaches from LSU seemed to not like a lot of players entering the draft this season, Mingo’s talent is very visible on tape. With him added onto that defense, the Browns are definitely going to be enjoying this pick because of what he brings to the pass-rushing game. He will need to be coached up and has to stay consistent in practice, but this guy has a very high ceiling. It’s boom or bust for Mingo, which he could go either way.

Grade: C+

I know the Browns didn’t have many picks, but they really only drafted two starters. They could have drafted Shamarko Thomas instead of basically trading him to the Steelers (which they could regret later down the road), and didn’t pick up any QBs which could have been a backup and helped out this club. Mingo has a big boom or bust label on him, and McFadden doesn’t have ideal size. Nothing flashy for the Browns, but still a bit productive. Could have been much better, but they still improved some needs.

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