Linebacker Barkevious Mingo had a limited presence during the 2013 campaign for the Cleveland Browns. He started only 3 games, had 42 total tackles, along with 5 sacks. This came in his rookie year after he was drafted #6 overall in last year’s draft. As good as the Browns’ defense was last year, it’s not surprising that a rookie wasn’t able to work his way in and make an immediate impact. That said, it was a very underwhelming performance from the highly-touted LSU backer.
But it looks like that might change.
During the scrimmage, Mingo showed off his speed, playmaking capability, and put significant pressure on the passer. The highlight was snatching a tipped pass out of the air and running it back nearly 50 yards. But perhaps more impressive was the consistent pressure he created. His intangibles are no doubt there, and now it looks like (at least in a scrimmage situation) he is putting it all together.
The question now is: will Mingo get a chance to play consistently? He is currently on the depth chart as the #2 right-outside linebacker behind Jabaal Sheard. No doubt the Browns will play a little “linebacker-by-committee”, substituting linebackers in and out on a lot of plays, and that may be where Mingo has to get his time in.
But with as impressive as he’s been so far in camp, Sheard and Paul Kruger has better be careful – Mingo is here to compete. For his apparent improvement in his second NFL year, I give Mingo an “A”.