Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo has failed to live up to expectations after the team exhausted the sixth overall pick on him back in the 2013 NFL draft.
In a total of 46 games (16 starts), the 25-year-old pass rusher has tallied a total of seven sacks. Last season alone, Mingo recorded just 18 tackles without a sack.
It goes without saying that what he was doing over the first three years of his career simply wasn’t working. So why not try something new?
That’s exactly the way Mingo and the Browns new coaching staff sees it:
Random tidbit of the day: #Browns OLB Barkevious Mingo bulked up to 260 pounds this offseason, up from 240. Make-or-break 2016, new coaches…
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 29, 2016
Putting on 20 pounds in three months is no easy accomplishment. It also has to leave us wondering whether Cleveland is planning on a defensive end role for Mingo.
The team will still be running some variation of a 3-4 defense, which means that this former Louisiana State standout is still a bit undersized to play with his hands down along the defensive line.
Though, he can easily transition to that role should the team look for pass-rush help on the outside when it comes to obvious passing downs.
This comes just a few months after rumors swirled around the Browns that Mingo himself was on the trade block.
With an entirely new front office structure and coaching staff, there isn’t necessarily a commitment to keep this first-round bust around in order to save face. After all, Mingo is only one of two players remaining on the team’s roster from the 2013 NFL draft class.
That’s been the primary issue in Cleveland recently. Of the 22 players selected by Cleveland from 2012-14, Mingo is only one of six players that remain on the roster.
Maybe that’s why the team wants to find a way to salvage Mingo’s career in Cleveland.