Barkevious Mingo: How Will Browns' Newest OLB Fare in the Pros?

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIApril 25, 2013

Barkevious Mingo should make an instant impact as a pass-rusher for the Cleveland Browns.
Barkevious Mingo should make an instant impact as a pass-rusher for the Cleveland Browns.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

With the No. 6 pick of the 2013 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Barkevious Mingo. The former LSU defensive end/outside linebacker brings an interesting skill set to Cleveland as a rookie.


Pro Outlook

In terms of pure athleticism, Mingo is one of the most impressive prospects in this year's draft. He's incredibly quick for a 6'4" and 241-pound individual.

Where Mingo is going to make his biggest impact right away is as a pass-rusher. He has a handful of moves he uses to get past offensive lineman and can consistently put pressure on the quarterback. He'll need to improve his overall strength to become elite, but he should be able to do that early in his career.

Mingo's ceiling is unbelievably high, but the big question is whether he has the desire to be as good as he can be. There were times when Mingo would take too many plays off or not give 100-percent. As long as he can stay focused, he should become an extremely good player.


Fantasy Outlook

The Browns already boast a young and talented defense with players like Joe Haden, Jabaal Sheard and T.J. Ward. Mingo will only make this defense even more dangerous in terms of sacks and creating turnovers from pressure.

Look for the Browns to be one of the most surprising fantasy football defenses for the 2013 season.


Roster Outlook

With Cleveland signing Paul Kruger in the offseason, it's hard to see exactly where Mingo fits on this defense. However, the Browns could see him as their version of Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers.

Don't be surprised if Mingo comes in as a pass-rushing specialist in his first season in the NFL.


Pick Analysis

After using two first-round picks on the offensive side of the ball in the 2012 NFL draft, the Browns made a great selection by picking Mingo.

He's talented enough for Cleveland to move him around in its defense and see him make an impact.

Grade: A-