The Cleveland Browns drafted Barkevious Mingo in the first round of April’s NFL Draft. The media in Cleveland is worried that a pass rusher who is 6-4 and 240 pounds might be too lean to make an impact in the NFL.
“I’m pleased with where I’m at,” Mingo said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “The coaches aren’t concerned, I’m bigger than what I was when I got here and I’m not trying to stop right there . . . Our strength coaches have been doing a great job, so I’m getting stronger, getting bigger, but I’m keeping my quickness, and I think that’s the best way to go about that.”
Mingo said he weighed 237 pounds in April, so 3 pounds isn’t really impressive.
“Like I said earlier, I’m pleased with my weight, the coaches are pleased, the strength coach is pleased and right now we’re just looking to play football,” Mingo said.
But Mingo got his rookie deal done, a 4 year, $16 million deal with a $10.7 million signing bonus. And he only missed one day of rookie activities.
“It was an eye-opener,” Mingo said. “When you’re growing up and you’re watching football, you think they just come ready to play, they just play football. But there’s also a different side of that — it’s a business. And the club, they want to do what’s best for them and your agent is looking out for you. But at the end of the day you’ve just got to be ready to play football.”