May 10, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) practices during rookie minicamp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns Sign First-Round Pick Barkevious Mingo


Another first-round draft pick is now under contract just in time for training camp. Early Sunday morning reports have surfaced that the Cleveland Browns have reached a contract agreement with rookie pass rusher Barkevious Mingo, who the team selected with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Mingo’s contract will include offset language.

Mingo is an exciting edge rusher that has incredible speed and athleticism, but he still has a lot of work to do in order to become a well-rounded, every down linebacker.

In his rookie season, Mingo is expected to be a situational pass rusher behind Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard.

Cleveland did plenty of work to address their defensive needs during the offseason, and the trio of pass rushing specialists are expected to shine in the Browns much improved defense under new coordinator Ray Horton. In a 3-4 defense, especially one as aggressive as Horton’s scheme, you can never have too many players that are going after the opposing quarterback.

If everyone can play up to the level their talent suggests they should, the Browns defense will be a lot of fun to watch this season.

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