AFC North draft blog: Browns draft Barkevious Mingo, Steelers get Jarvis Jones, Bengals go with Tyler Eifert
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Apr 25, 2013 | 11:08 PM
The Cleveland Browns have added another pass rusher to operate in tandem with outside linebacker Paul Kruger and defensive end Jabaal Sheard, drafting LSU hybrid outside linebacker-defensive end Barkevious Mingo.
Drafted sixth overall, the junior is one of the more explosive athletes among the front seven draft prospects.
The 6-foot-4, 241-pounder projects best to outside linebacker because of his size. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds at the NFL scouting combine where he also registered a 37-inch vertical leap, a 10-8 broad jump, a 4.38 20-yard shuttle and a 6.84 three-cone drill.
Mingo visited the Browns as well as the Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills.
Among the projected first-round draft pick's private workouts: the Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs.
He emerged as a consensus All-American and All-Southeastern Conference selection as a sophomore.
He had 70 tackles, 19 1/2 for losses and 13 1/2 sacks.
Last season, the junior had 14 1/2 sacks and 24 1/2 tackles for losses to set school records and forced seven fumbles. He also recorded 85 tackles, an interception and was a finalist for the Bednarik, Lombardi, Nagurski, Butkus and Lott awards.
Jones isn't regarded as very athletic, but plays faster than his stopwatch speed.
Much like Harrison, Jones is regarded as a heavy-handed nasty football player who beats offensive tackles with his toughness and instincts.