The Cleveland Browns plan this offseason has been very clear: get after the opposing quarterback. That’s what they identified in free agency. They added defensive tackle Desmond Bryant and outside linebacker Paul Kruger. And that’s what they identified with the 6th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Barkevious Mingo. It loosely translates to quarterback killer. Ok, maybe not. But it would be fitting. Misused at LSU (asked to play a lot of contain against dual threat QB’s) Mingo’s production (just 4.5 sacks) doesn’t look worthy of being a Top 10 pick to some fans that enjoy eye-popping stats, but his talent warrants his draft position. Mingo’s size, speed, athleticism and explosiveness can’t be taught. He’s a physical freak. The Browns needed a special pass-rusher. And they might have gotten the best one this year’s draft had to offer.
Barkevious Mingo joined 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland with Ken Carman and Les Levine to talk about what he has to do to prepare himself to be a starter as a rookie, what he needs to improve on, on his strength, how playing in the SEC prepared him for the NFL and what his message is to Browns fans.
What he has to do to prepare himself to be a starter as a rookie:
“Just get to work and train my body to be ready for rookie minicamp. Get some running in, get some weightlifting in, pick up some weight and just all around football.”
What he needs to improve on:
“With this system being able to effectively drop and cover those guys. Being a defensive end in college I didn’t drop that much, but the times we did I did okay at it, but now just have to get used to doing that more.”
On his strength:
“Quick first step and getting in the backfield and disrupting the play. Getting to the quarterback. Not every play you have to get a sack. When you know that it kind of makes you mad but just being able to get into the backfield and get a hand in his face, hit his arm, pull him down and all of that effects how the ball comes out.”
How playing in the SEC prepares him:
“I got to play against Luke Joeckel, D.J. Fluker and all those guys. Those guys are going to be first round picks and those guys are the guys that we will be playing in this league. Having those guys I think it really prepares me to play early on.”
Has it sunk in that you were the No. 6 pick?
“It hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m kind of in disbelief. I am an NFL player and a Cleveland Brown.”
On his message to Browns fans and what they can expect with him:
“Just get ready to win. I’m going to bring a winning attitude and the will to win. That’s what we did at LSU and that’s what the Cleveland Browns are all about.”