When the Cleveland Browns used their 6th pick in the 2013 NFL draft to take Barkevious Mingo, many thought, wow, the team now has a quarterback killer. Well, maybe they do. The fact that he is working with the Browns second team in mini camp means nothing.

Mingo, like nay other college player transitioning into the NFL has a lot to learn. The NFL isn’t college as we have seen many times with first round picks. there is a learning curve. The Browns made some positive moves in the off-season and one of those moves was to bring in Paul Kruger.

The Browns not only have a guy in Kruger that is coming off a super bowl win, they have another pretty good OLB in Jabaal Sheard, sure Sheard didn’t have the season many were hoping for in 2012, the fact is,  he is still better than Mingo is at present.

It isn’t going to matter who the Browns have starting on the defense this season. The team is going to have something they lacked over the past few seasons, they are going to have depth.

Imaging the team having fresh guys they can send into the game to sack the opposing team’s quarterbacks. Yes that’s right, the Browns defensive coordinator is going to have guys he can rotate in and out of the games this season.

That is why it isn’t going to matter who the starter is at the OLB position. The team can make changes in situations to keep their line-backers fresh throughout the game. This is going to be huge for the Browns this season.

If Mingo can get up to NFL speed and he can beat out Sheard or Kruger so be it, if not it isn’t going to matter. What is going to matter is the fact the Browns will have plenty of choices defensively through the games this season. Cleveland will have a host of players with the talents to get to the quarterbacks.

The Browns defense could be a beast this season with or without Mingo as the starting OLB.

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  1. TNDiver

    While I am happy that we have depth, because we lost too many games because our defense was tired, I would be concerned if we wasted a first round pick on someone who is not a starter. Having said that, it is too early to be concerned with what team he is playing. Now if it is the 3rd preseason game and he still is not starting, then I would see it as a wasted pick, especially with other areas of concern like DB/Safety. But I agree it is too early to be concerned.


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