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Browns draft pass-rusher with No. 1 pick; Are you happy with their selection?

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Apr 26, 2013 at 12:01 AM

The Cleveland Browns selected LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo with the sixth-overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, which began tonight and runs through Saturday.

The 6-foot-4, 241-pounder had 35 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks during his redshirt freshman season in 2011. For that, the league coaches named him to their freshman All-SEC team.

His production slipped a bit during his junior season (38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks). He earned second-team all-conference honors.

Click HERE to read an evaluation of Mingo.

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Cleveland Browns Draft Day Notes 4-25-13

Barkevious Mingo is the ninth player selected by the Browns from Louisiana State University and first since defensive lineman Chase Pittman was drafted in the seventh round in 2007. Mingo joins defensive back Ken Konz as the only players from LSU selected by the Browns in the first round in 1951. Konz was chosen with the 14th overall pick.

Mingo joins Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown (1957) and tight end Kellen Winslow (2004) as the only players selected by the Browns with the sixth overall pick.

The attendance for tonight’s Draft Party at FirstEnergy Stadium was 2,007.

The second and third rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft will be held Friday, April 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Teams will have seven minutes per selection in round two and five minutes per choice in round three. The Browns currently have no selection in the second round and the sixth pick in the third round (68th overall).

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UPDATE: Below are quotes from new Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo from a conference call with reporters tonight:

(On his reaction of coming to Cleveland) - “I just had a really good visit. Going there, the coaches, obviously were very impressed. I fell in love with the city and now I have a chance to play there.”

(On if he met with Ray Horton during his visit) - “Yes, I talked to coach Horton. We pretty much went over how they want to use me in their scheme. We talked about football, we talked about how they wanted to get to know me as a person, obviously, and that’s pretty much the extent of my visit there.”

(On how are they going to use him in the 3-4 scheme) - “They needed pass rushers. They want somebody to get to the quarterback and help on the defense.”

(On if the team wants him to get bigger and stronger) - “Definitely. In my talks with them it was a concern,

but it’s not really a concern. I can easily put the weight on and hold it throughout the season; it’s just the fact of doing it.”

(On if he knew the Browns were going to take him) - “I did not know going in. It was the stylist’s favorite color. We went with it and I thought it looked really good. It’s a coincidence, really big coincidence.”

(On what makes him such a good pass rusher and why will he fit with the Browns) - “I just have to want to get there. I have high energy, a quick first step, be first to the ball and that’s what they like about me. That’s what they wanted to add to their team and I feel I can bring that.”

(On reaction about being selected by the Browns) - “Oh, I’m very excited. I’m a national football player, it’s a lifelong dream. Now, I get to play for a team that loves football. Coming from my visit and sitting with coach Horton, he informed me of the tradition of the organization and how much the fans love their city. It really made me want to play there.”

(On experience in covering tight ends or running backs in pass coverage) - “Did it a few (times) while I was at LSU. Not too much, but I don’t think it’s a pretty big deal.”

(On switching to outside linebacker and being more effective as pass rusher) - “I agree completely with that. With the offensive lineman not knowing if I’m coming or dropping back into coverage, they can’t predict where I’ll be at.”

(On why his statistics were lower his senior season as opposed to his sophomore season) - “Just scheme on both sides of the ball. Offensive coordinators obviously don’t want their quarterbacks to be hit, so they’ll chip. With fast defensive ends, they’ll slot the line, they’ll three-step drop. Quarterbacks have been doing that for a long time. Also, on our side of the ball, we played mobile quarterbacks and box schemes. Our defensive coordinators didn’t want us to get up field and lose contain on those guys and let them make big runs. Those kind of box schemes, we would contain more than rush on some games.”

(On where he thought he would go when the night started) - “Honestly, it was wide open. My agent didn’t know anything, I didn’t know anything. Really just came in hoping for the best.”

(On his vision for his pro career) - “I think I can be as good as I want to be and I want to be great. I want to be one of those guys that get their name called in Canton, Ohio and be a dominant player.”

(On how playing in the SEC prepared him for the NFL) - “I think we have played in NFL type games, week in and week out. A lot of those guys that got their named called earlier are from the SEC. It shows. Obviously, we have a lot more guys that really make an impact on an NFL team.”

(On adapting his attitude from winning every year in college to potentially losing in the NFL) - “Just do everything I can to change that. Get to the quarterback, cause turnovers and win games. That’s what it’s all about.”

(On how much time he has spent in Ohio and in the north in general other than visiting and working out for the Browns) - “Really, that was kind of the first time. I took a couple visits coming out of high school to Michigan and UCONN, but those were the only trips I made up north.”

(On how successful he and Paul Kruger could be as a tandem) - “He is a terrific defensive end. Gets up, makes plays, causes havoc and sacks quarterbacks. With us two on the ends, it’s going to be hard for offensive lines to slide one way or the other or do anything really.”

(On his expectation to potentially win a starting job out of training camp) - “That’s my goal. My goal is to be starting week one and help win games. That’s what they are bringing me in here for and that’s what I’m committed to doing.”

(On his stunning smile and where in his family he got that from) - “Honestly, I don’t know. I guess, I don’t know.  But thanks!”

(On how he was named Barkevious and whether he realizes that it is fitting for the Dog Pound) - “It’s very fitting. My mom just kind of made it up. She came up with it. She just wanted to be different I guess. She thought Barkevious was different.”

(On how he compares himself to Dion Jordan and whether he sees himself as the best pass rusher in this draft) - “I just think I’m the best pass rusher. Week one preseason, I’ll get to show that.”

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Below are quotes from Browns CEO Joe Banner and Head Coach Rob Chudzinski:

Rob Chudzinski

(Opening statement)- “We just want to come out and get a chance to announce, obviously, that we have drafted (Barkevious) Kiki Mingo.  We’re extremely excited about Kiki.  The thing that stood out to us was the kind of person that he is. He has outstanding character, extremely highly recommended from the people down there that you talked to.  We had a chance, he came in for a visit, and spent the day with him. He’s anHe’sh extremely impressive young man - somebody that we felt like we strongly wanted be able to put in our locker room and become part of the team.  His athleticism speaks for itself.  He’s an extremely gifted athlete, explosive, great speed off the edge and a developing player.  Obviously, he’s been battle tested in the SEC.  He has played a lot.  He still has plenty of room for growth.  But, we really see him as an outstanding pass rusher and somebody that is going to be able to bring that to our team.”

Joe Banner

“Just adding to what Chud is saying, we’ve been talking about the same themes.  He is very high character, very hard working, extraordinarily competitive naturally, this guy.  We’ve talked about bringing in aggressive players to play an aggressive scheme.  He fits that very well. This was the outcome we were hoping for.  We’re very excited.  I think you all spoke with him, I think you can tell what type of person he is.  You’ll get to meet him, so we feel very good about this.”

Joe Banner

(On if they considered moving up or down in the draft)- “We have been, as we said, talking to people over the last week, it narrowed to a small number the last few days.  We did have some opportunities.  We just felt too strong about the fit of character and his strengths and how it fit into both the scheme and the personality we’re trying to develop.  So we went ahead and made the pick.”

Joe Banner

(On picking Mingo rather than Dee Milliner or another corner back)- “Chud could speak to this better, but we just feel like building this the way we are with character, aggressiveness and quickness that this was the right guy at this time as we looked at our board and the grades we had.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On Mingo’s character traits and if he said or did anything specific)- “Nothing specifically. The whole day, you get a sense and you get a feel for people. Just sitting down and talking with him, he’s the type of guy that you enjoy the conversation with and spending time with. Everybody that met him and had the opportunity to spend time with him felt the same way.  He was a unanimous type person in terms of the recommendations from different people that met him around the building.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On Jabaal Sheard’s future and where he fits in)- “I have been really impressed with him during the minicamp and his ability and how quickly he has demonstrated that he can make the adjustment to a 3-4.  Adding Kiki in the mix gives us another pass rusher in a solid rotation.  In that group, we plan on rotating, anyhow, between Paul (Kruger), Jabaal and Kiki and also with Quentin (Groves). You can’t have enough pass rushers and keeping those guys fresh is a key.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On where Mingo will fit in the defensive scheme)- “In our base package, he would play outside backer and then in our sub, he would be a defensive end.”

Joe Banner

(On bringing in bringing in defenders like Kruger, Groves and now Barkevious)- “It really started with our coaching search, and Chud’s philosophy which was part of the reason he got the job frankly by playing aggressive attacking defense, making life uncomfortable for quarterbacks. Being on the attack even when the other team has the ball and I think you can see it in the moves we’ve made that our philosophies are consistent whether it was the free agent moves, what you’ve seen so far in the draft. It fit the plan from the coach to the coordinator through to the players we’re adding.”

Joe Banner

(On if he had a trade in place if Mingo wasn’t available and how far they would have dropped down)- “Yes, we did and I don’t want to get into the specifics of it.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On how active Ray Horton was in drafting of Mingo)- “He was very involved, between Ray, Brian Baker and Joe Cullen. They all had chances to either workout Kiki or spend time with him. All of them did evaluations on him. You’re asking about Ray, and he was particularly involved in that.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On if he knew he had to find someone to play opposite of Paul Kruger)- “Like Joe was talking about, it has been a priority for us. We want a strong front and guys that can run, hit, who are relentless. Affecting the quarterback in this league is a key to winning games and a key to playing great defense. So as we went through the process looking at guys who could do that, obviously, we found some guys in free agency that could do that and fit that bill. Going forward in the draft, we felt the same way about Kiki. It happened that he was available there and we’re happy to have him.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On the difficulty of a defensive end becoming a linebacker)- “It’s an adjustment. While they’re in, our coaches spend a lot of time with them and go through schemes and install some base things that we would do and then quiz them up and get a feel for how they learn. That’s one of the things we did when Kiki was in and he was able to really relate the concepts well, understand them and be able to talk to our coaches about them. That’s from a mental standpoint, there’s the adjustment. Then from a physical standpoint, standing up, which Kiki has done some of, that’s one of the things and then dropping. Just from a physical standpoint, seeing him move around in some of the workouts in the offseason and our guys working him out, specifically and looking at that we felt very comfortable that he would be able to do that with his skill set.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On why Mingo’s sack totals were down last year)- “One of the things you look at is not just sack totals, but disrupting, affecting and putting pressure on the quarterback. As you watch games and you study him, he had a lot of snaps where he did that, and it wasn’t necessarily equating to sacks but the pressures on the quarterback, the batted balls, just making quarterbacks step up, slide and have to throw on the move. He had a number of those and if you look over the course of his career, I think as a sophomore he had eight sacks alone in three games. Obviously, people start knowing and try to adjust to guys in college that have that kind of production, so he was getting chipped and he was having people slide to him and those types of things, but even so you see a lot of times that he affected the quarterback.”

Joe Banner

(On if he is confident that they can get some corner backs)- “As we’ve said all along, we’re really not going to force filling a need on a short-term basis as opposed to building  the team we want to have to get really good and sustain it. We’ll certainly, at corner as well as at other positions, be looking for somebody we feel can fill the spot and do so for a while and do it at championship level. If that situation presents itself that would be great but if not we’re not going to force it. We’re not going to fill all the needs of the team this year, it’s just not going to happen, I’ll tell you right now. If there’s a guy there we think can be a long-term solution and quality player, we’ll pick him. If it’s just somebody that upgrades us for this year and then we’ll need to replace again, we won’t.”

Joe Banner

(On if they are done in the first round or if they could get another pick)- “We’re going to sleep (joking).”

Rob Chudzinski

(On what about the SEC prepares players for the next level)- “You look at the competition, you look at the athletes that are playing in the SEC and I think it shows in the draft here early. In the first 10 or so picks, you see a number of guys from Alabama and LSU. It’s competitive. You watch tape on it and the speed, the power and the strength is as close to the NFL as what you can find.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On what Mingo has to do in pass coverage)- “There’s a few snaps of him dropping, but for the most part he did not. He’ll have to work on that, like I said before from a physical standpoint it’s just a matter of getting out and working. Brian Baker will do a great job with him working on the drops and understanding the spots he needs to get to and how to match up with receivers and those things. Then just the mental side of it and knowing and understanding coverage, something that he’s done some of but not a lot of before.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On if a pass rusher helps the back end of the defense as well)- “Absolutely, it all starts with pass rush in this league. Like I mentioned before, you have to be able to get after the passer and affect him in that way. There are too many good quarterbacks and if they can drop back, they can still beat good corners because they still have time to throw and they’re accurate. Trying to affect the quarterback with a pass rush, helps your back end significantly.”

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