|Source: Patriots to acquire LB Barkevious Mingo from Browns||08.25.16 at 2:04 pm ET|
The Patriots have gone to a familiar place to increase their defensive depth on the edge.
Continuing a long-standing relationship with the Browns, the Patriots acquired former first-round pick Barkeviovs Mingo from Cleveland, a source confirms to WEEI.com. Details of the deal are still being finalized.
The trade was first reported by Adam Schefter.
Mingo, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound linebacker, is a former first-round pick, selected sixth overall out of LSU in the 2013 draft by Cleveland. At LSU, he was considered one of the best edge defenders to enter the NFL in his class. Mingo had a pre-draft visit in Foxboro before then-Browns general manager and Bill Belichick confidant Mike Lombardi drafted him.
Like Dion Lewis, Mingo had bad luck in Cleveland staying healthy. In the second preseason game against the Lions in 2013, Mingo suffered a bruised lung and was hospitalized. Overall in 2013, Mingo played 15 games with 42 tackles, five sacks, and four passes defended. The next season, Mingo racked up 42 tackles and two sacks in 15 games. Last year, Mingo began the season as a starting outside linebacker but was relegated to back-up work after Week 2.
With Mingo falling down the depth chart in Cleveland, the Browns, in May, decided not to pick up the fifth year on Mingo’s contract as a first-round pick.
Still only 25, Mingo is clearly the kind of raw talent Belichick seeks out at low-risk. He also comes from two programs (LSU, Browns) that he has intimate knowledge of how a player is developed.
Mingo played for coach Les Miles at LSU. As a redshirt freshman in 2010, he started one of 13 games, recording 35 tackles and 3.5 sacks As a sophomore in 2011, Mingo was a second all-SEC selection after recording 47 tackles and eight sacks. As a junior in 2012, he played in all 13 games with 10 starts, and earned second team All-SEC honors after recording 38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, and 4.5 quarterback sacks. He also led the Tigers with 12 quarterback hurries. He was one of 10 LSU Tigers to declare early for the NFL draft in 2013.
|Browns draft Barkevious Mingo sixth overall||04.25.13 at 8:59 pm ET|
The Browns selected LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo with the sixth overall pick of Thursday night’s NFL Draft.
Cleveland has been a potential landing spot for one of the draft’s quarterbacks, but the Browns clearly believed the top 10 was too early for someone like Geno Smith out of West Virginia.
The 6-foot-4 2/8, 241-pound Mingo becomes the third pass-rusher drafted in the first six picks of the draft (Dion Jordan went third overall to the Dolphins and Ezekial Ansah went fifth to the Dolphins), with offensive tackles going with the other three.
|NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: LSU DE Sam Montgomery||02.20.13 at 8:24 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Defensive end
Weight: 260 pounds
Achievements: 2012 AP All-America third team, 2012 Walter Camp All-America second team, 2011-12 Coaches’ All-SEC first team, 2011 FWAA All-American first team, 2010 Coaches’ Freshman All-SEC
What he brings: Montgomery entered the draft early after two standout seasons with one of the premiere defenses in college football. However, he’s not even the best defensive end prospect from LSU in this year’s draft, with former teammate Barkevious Mingo projected to come off the board within the first 15 selections.
The phrase ‘high motor’ is thrown around a lot when describing ‘Sonic’ Sam, who draws inspiration for his tenacity from the video game character Sonic the Hedgehog. Montgomery, who has experience rushing the passer from a standup position in addition to his work as a 4-3 end while at LSU, shows shows a lot of versatility in his game. Regardless of the team, it’s likely he can be plugged in early on without much concern for a glaring weakness in his game.
The main issue with Montgomery is that, while he’s a prime athletic specimen who excelled at the college level, the upside doesn’t appear to be there the same way it is with some of this draft’s more intriguing prospects.
Montgomery’s 17 sacks over his last two season at LSU certainly are a boon to his draft stock, but the big question for NFL scouts is how he got those sacks and whether or not his defensive skill set matches up well against NFL-level offensive linemen. Montgomery, who has a reputation as a very basic pass-rusher who has a long way to go in terms of developing an arsenal of pass-rush moves, must prove to NFL scouts that he can make the transition.
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