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Barkevious Mingo doesn’t think he’s too skinny for the NFL

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After getting his first look at first-round draft pick Barkevious Mingo in a Browns uniform at rookie minicamp, at least one Cleveland reporter thought he looked too small to be a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

But when Mingo was asked, “Do you think you’re skinny?” he laughed.

Naw, I think I’m just fine the way I am,” he said, via the Medina Gazette. “I think I can hold a pretty good bit and still be effective.”

Mingo is listed at 6-foot-4 and 237 pounds, and Browns coach Rob Chudzinski compared Mingo’s build to that of Jason Taylor, the former All-Pro defensive end/outside linebacker who was listed at 6-foot-6 and 244 pounds.

“He looked pretty quick and pretty fast,” Chudzinski said after seeing Mingo on the field for the first time. “He moves around the field pretty well. It’s always different when you see guys live and in person and you’re on the field. But he had a good day and he really picks things up well. Those are the things that stood out to me. . . . Different guys have different body types and different weights they play the best at.”

So the Browns won’t try to get Mingo to gain weight. Even though, by the standards of his position, Mingo is skinny.

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23 Responses to “Barkevious Mingo doesn’t think he’s too skinny for the NFL”
  1. thesteelers says: May 12, 2013 7:20 AM

    A situational pass rusher taken in the top ten, so very much like the Browns. They also spend $40 mil on another situational rusher in Kruger.

    Lombardi should be back on TV where he belongs. A fraudulent hire by Haslem.

  2. 55yrbrownsfan says: May 12, 2013 7:40 AM

    Was Jason Taylor ever described as “skinny”? How did he do in the NFL?

  3. sterilizecromartie says: May 12, 2013 8:00 AM

    He looks like a RB in that photo.

  4. betterandbetterthan says: May 12, 2013 8:04 AM

    Is Von Miller also too skinny? Was Lawrence Taylor? If people want to bash the pick why don’t they pick a real reason…

  5. rickastleydancemoves says: May 12, 2013 8:11 AM

    In no way comparing the two, but Von Miller came into the league at 239 lbs.

  6. bigbabies says: May 12, 2013 8:18 AM

    One of the BEST ever to play LB…Jack Lambert. His playing weight at 6’4″, 220lbs. Mingo may be too heavy

  7. orndorf2 says: May 12, 2013 8:26 AM

    I saw Jevon Kearse and he looked smaller than I thought he would be. It will be interesting to see how he uses his body type to his advantage. Sometimes great players don’t fit into your prototypical box.

    His body is similar to Ted Hendricks from the Raiders.

  8. rhamrhoddy says: May 12, 2013 8:40 AM

    I’ve made no secret here in the past about my love for certain names in the NFL (Mohrninweg, Breasty)

    And a name like Barkevious Mingo is just awesome. Perfect for play-by-play whether it’s his first name used in the call, his last name or his entire name:

    “…and Barkevious picks up the sack!”

    “…its batted down by MING-gohh”

    “What a play by Barkevious Mingo!”

    Good luck my man, looking forward to hearing your name called for many seasons to come.

  9. tryfe says: May 12, 2013 9:14 AM

    Emperor Ming!!!!

  10. cbass59 says: May 12, 2013 9:44 AM

    What people should be concerned about is his 4.5 sacks his senior season at LSU.

  11. brettfavresmidget says: May 12, 2013 9:53 AM

    I can’t wait too see him punch a horse.

  12. kwjsb says: May 12, 2013 10:19 AM

    And Thus Begins The “Ming” Dynasty.

  13. blackqbwhiterb says: May 12, 2013 11:15 AM

    Love the name….Barkevious Mingo & Jarvis Redwine are tops on the all-time NFL-players-with-cool-names list…. Oh, and Webster Slaughter

  14. stephenolszewski says: May 12, 2013 12:36 PM

    As a Browns fan ill let his play do the talking even if his college stats are a bit concerning though. Have to let Ray Horton do his job and coach him

  15. pmars64 says: May 12, 2013 1:10 PM

    As a Browns fan, I have no clue if Mingo will turn out or not. While I’m really skeptical of the Banner/Lombardi front office, I’m pleased they did not trade out and, instead, took someone they thought could be a true star in this league. Now, we’ll just have to wait and see if they are right. If not, then this front office will be a failure because you can’t miss on picks that high.

  16. hbdbrowns33 says: May 12, 2013 1:10 PM

    His stats are not concerning because his job was to contain and set the edge not be a full time pass rusher. If he was allowed to just get after the quarterback he would have had ten sacks for sure. It’s all about the scheme, he has the physical tools so we will see what kind of numbers he puts up when he is allowed to get at the QB. Besides stats aren’t everything and the numbers aren’t indicative to how great a player is. Look at Vince Wilfork and Haloti Ngata, they don’t put up huge stats but no one questions whether or not they are two of the best D-Lineman in NFL. I know OLB in the 3-4 is different when it comes to sack stats but things like QB pressures and knockdowns are important too and I would not be shocked to see Mingo get close to ten sacks even if hes not a three down player this year.

  17. istateyourname says: May 12, 2013 2:05 PM

    He’s perfect for the Browns, the rebates aren’t big enough and neither are their draft picks/linebackers…

    There was a DAWG and MINGO was his name-o!

  18. robertjamis says: May 12, 2013 3:03 PM

    When did the Browns sign Plaxico Burress?

    no comparison between Mingo and Miller. Miller gained weight for the league, went thru the process, produced in college. Mingo is so unconcerned about his physique that he declined to do the bench press, which is pretty unprecedented for guys without injury.

  19. lbcoach34 says: May 12, 2013 3:33 PM

    When a guys only knock is he’s too skinny – that’s a good thing…i’d rather it that way than the other way around

  20. themackstrong says: May 12, 2013 4:49 PM

    Fans saying who cares if he too skinny don’t know that an offensive coordinator worth his salt will run directly at him the same way they did Al. Smith & Von Miller (who are both have been improving their physical strength & size )

  21. cannonballdookie says: May 12, 2013 7:56 PM

    I can’t wait to see Jarvis Jones completely outperform Mingo and Jordan who were situational rushing workout wonders while Jones goes onto a team with a never-ending standard of top notch defense. Good luck to him but I like my chances with the stud who was overlooked.

  22. qwerty007qwerty007 says: May 12, 2013 8:03 PM

    I guess the right answer is that the proof is in the pudding.

    We’ll see what happens when he comes face to face with an Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Ray Rice et al.

    If he gets run down, your questions will have all been answered.

  23. 11thstreetmafia says: May 13, 2013 11:29 AM

    He looks like Calvin Johnson playing OLB.

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