AFC North draft blog: Browns draft Barkevious Mingo, Steelers get Jarvis Jones, Bengals go with Tyler Eifert

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.

Last season, Mingo was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference as he recorded 38 tackles, 8 1/2 for losses and 4 1/2 sacks.

He was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a sophomore with 15 tackles for losses and eight sacks.

As an All-Southeastern Conference freshman selection, Mingo had 35 tackles, 5 1/2 for losses and 2 1/2 sacks.

Mingo draws high marks for athleticm as an explosive edge pass rusher.

Mingo has a fairly lean build, so he projects better to outside linebacker in the NFL for 3-4 schemes.


After cutting former NFL Defensive Player of the Year outside linebacker James Harrison this offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers have now replaced him with Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones.

That continued the run on pass rushers in the AFC North.

Jones had predicted that he would go to the Steelers, joining them with the 17th overall selection.

Jones is an accomplished player whose draft stock was depressed a bit by a slow 40-yard dash time: 4.9 seconds.

Plus, the USC transfer dealt with medical questions that were eventually checked out. He was diagnosed with stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column.

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.

The Cincinnati Bengals already have Pro Bowl tight end Jermaine Gresham on the roster.

Now, they've doubled up at the position by selecting versatile Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert with the 21st overall pick.

Eifert is a sure-handed 6-foot-5, 252-pounder who caught 50 passes for 685 yards and four touchdowns last season to win the Mackey Award given to the nation's top tight end.

Eifert often split out at wide receiver and drew high marks for his pass patterns, concentration and body control.

As asophomore, he caught 63 passes for 803 yards and five touchdowns.

Although Eifert isn't regarded as great athlete, he has a knack for getting open and making difficult, conteted catches. He has drawn favorable comparisons to Steelers veteran tight end Heath Miller.

Eifert was regarded as a clean prospect, meaning no injuries or character concerns.