The run on pass rushers and pass protectors continues as the Cleveland Browns took LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo with the sixth overall selection.
Pass rusher wasn’t the biggest need for the Browns but it is a key component of Ray Horton’s 3-4 defense. Mingo will likely serve as a standup pass rushing linebacker in a similar role to the one James Harrison played in for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mingo fits that mold at 6-foot-4, 241 pounds.
With the first five picks playing offensive tackle or defensive end, the Browns had their choice of the best player available at any other position. However, the need for that pass rushing threat apparently was paramount to the Browns plans.