NFL Top Rookies Barkevious Mingo NEWS
The Cleveland Browns were expecting Barkevious Mingo to be an immediate impact player when they drafted him at No. 6 overall in the 2013 draft, and he has looked more and more like that each week this season.
Mingo failed to extend his sack streak to four consecutive games versus the Buffalo Bills in Week 5, but he brought plenty of pressure, landing four quarterback hits. He also broke up a short pass with another big hit on wide receiver Stevie Johnson. Showing his ability as a pass-rusher and in pass coverage, Mingo is looking like an excellent asset to the Browns defense on passing downs.
He needs to become stronger as a run defender, but that has not stopped him from playing in all but six snaps in the last two weeks with regular starting outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard out of the lineup due to injury. He has shown his range consistently, which has allowed him to make 14 tackles in four games.
Mingo may move back to his role as the team’s third outside linebacker when Sheard returns to the lineup, but it’s going to be difficult to keep the rookie off the field for long. Mingo makes a difference on the field with his explosiveness and athleticism, and he has shown significant improvement already this season.