Aug 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Barkevious Mingo (51) against the St. Louis Rams during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
There hasn’t been a lot of talk regarding Cleveland Browns’ first-round pick Barkevious Mingo. The rookie linebacker out of LSU was thought to be a lock for a starting job after the Browns made him the No. 6 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
That doesn’t mean he’ll be given a job, even on a Browns team in desperate need of a pass-rushing stalwart. Thus far into training camp, Mingo has lined up with the second-team defense. He’s battling veterans Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard to be one of the two as starting outside linebackers. But after a solid preseason debut in Thursday’s win over the St. Louis Rams, Browns Head coach Rob Chudzinski was very high on Mingo after the game:
"“He was impressive,” . “It seemed like he was around the quarterback a lot. He played hard and he did a really nice job on special teams as well, so he showed up well. I think the biggest thing for him is just continuing to improve from a technique standpoint and from an understanding standpoint. The more experience he gets, the better he’ll be.”"
The 6-foot-4 Mingo is a long, lean player who needs to bulk-up in an NFL weight room, but after registering 16 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks in the past two years at LSU, there’s little doubt he’ll find a way to make an impact in his rookie campaign.