There may be a little more bark in the Dawg Pound this year after the Browns spent their first round draft pick on a pass rusher.
Five years ago it seemed really unlikely that Barkevious Mingo would ever play football, let alone be the top pick of an NFL franchise.
“Well, mom really didn’t like us playing contact sports,” said Mingo.
“I didn’t let him play because I didn’t want him to get hurt. So he snuck around and he played. And a guy told me to go watch him play. And I said ‘No, I’m not going to watch him play.’ And he said ‘He’s good. You need to go see him,’ so I went and spent the whole game with my face covered because he was knocking over everybody else’s child. And I said ‘Scott, he’s hurting everybody else.’ But he said ‘No, that’s how they play football.’ I didn’t know anything about football, matter of fact,” Mingo’s mother, Barbara Johnson, stated.
On the surface, if there’s a knock on the Brown’s first-round pick, Barkevious Mingo, it’s his so-called lack of production. Last year at LSU, he had just 4 1/2 sacks; a number that doesn’t worry Mingo or the guys who drafted him.
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“Stats really don’t tell how everything went. Teams were doing different stuff this year. They didn’t want to get their quarterback sacked, and we played mobile quarterbacks. By design, we wanted to contain those guys and keep them in the pocket,” Mingo said.
At 237 pounds, Mingo will have to gain a little weight, but he says the biggest adjustment he needs to make is learning how to cover tight ends and wide receivers; something he’ll have to do when making the switch to linebacker.
“I don’t think it will be too difficult. I’m not the stiff hipped guy. I’m pretty mobile and move pretty well,” stated the Browns first round draft pick.