Browns ready to get barking as Mingo signs deal
RAY ROBINSON | 7/23/2013, 4:04 p.m.
Unleash the Dawgs! The 2013-2014 NFL season has begun and thankfully the Browns have signed all five of their 2013 draft acquisitions.
On Sunday, the Browns signed linebacker, Barkevious Mingo, who was the last of this year’s draft class to sign with the organization. The signing, which took a little longer to finalize due to the language used, was for four years, with a fifth year option.
Mingo, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft, will be counted on to shore up the defense and to add a bit of pressure to opposing quarterbacks, which has been lacking and is a glaring point of concern.
At 240 pounds, and standing 6’-4”, Mingo was a beast during his collegiate years at Louisiana State University.
Last year, he showed great promise at the linebacker position, playing in all 13 games, finishing with 38 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble. He started in 10 of the 13 games.
During the span from 2010-2012, he played in 40 games, starting in 15 of them. He recorded 119 tackles, 15 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 3 fumbles recoveries, batted down 11 passes and created all-out ruckus, mayhem and confusion for opposing quarterbacks.
Mingo was considered one of the shining stars of this year’s draft class at the linebacker spot. As a sophomore in 2011, he was a second All-SEC selection after netting 47 tackles and eight sacks. During the 2012 campaign, his play on the field gained him second team All-SEC honors. That year he recorded 38 tackles, 8.5 sacks for a loss of yards and 4.5 quarterback sacks.
The rookie lineman was born in Belle Glade, Florida and attended West Monroe High School in Louisiana. His mother, Barbara Johnson, took the first few letters of her name and added it to a name that she liked, Kevious. He is called “Keke” for short.