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The Browns need help on the defensive side of the ball now that they have decided that they will officially switch to a 3-4 base defense. Barkevious Mingo gives the Browns a pass rushing ability that they have not had for many seasons and fills a major need for a team that is looking to build their front seven.
Mingo has the ability to play multiple fronts and can line up as an outside linebacker as well as a defensive end. The Browns will likely have a strong rotation at the end position and will need a player that is versatile enough to play multiple positions and stay on the field despite the changing personnel. That type of versatility could be what sets him apart from the other options Cleveland has at this point in the first round.
Mingo is considered one of the best pass rushers in this class and has built an amazing reputation at LSU playing at the opposite end from Sam Montgomery. Mingo's biography on LSU's sports website is a clear interpretation of that reputation and lists some great information about the future first rounder.
According to the site, "Exceptional length and quickness makes him a terror on opposing quarterbacks, especially on third down passing situations . Tremendous leadership qualities who was honored with the Tigers' most prestigious spring award in 2012, the Jimmy Taylor Award for outstanding leadership, effort and performance. Ranked among the best in the SEC statistically as a sophomore. Tallied 81 career tackles, a team-best 20.5 tackles for a loss of 134 yards, 10.5 sacks for a loss of 81 yards, 15 quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles. One of the Tigers' leaders in the community who has read to school kids and visited children's hospital."
That type of leadership on and off the field is something that Browns fans have been known to quickly support over the course of their long history and would make Mingo a fan favorite with Cleveland long before his first day of training camp.