Browns first-rounder Barkevious Mingo said signing his contract felt like a “weight has been lifted” from him.
Now, he just needs to get back to adding weight to himself.
The lean-to-the-point-of skinny pass-rusher weighed in at 237 pounds in April, is listed at 240 in the team’s media guide and says he’s bigger than that now.
“I’m pleased with where I’m at,” Mingo said, via Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “The coaches aren’t concerned, I’m bigger than what I was when I got here and I’m not trying to stop right there. . . .
“Our strength coaches have been doing a great job, so I’m getting stronger, getting bigger, but I’m keeping my quickness, and I think that’s the best way to go about that.”
When asked what he weighed, Mingo grinned and avoided the question.
While his speed is what got him drafted sixth overall, there’s a functional strength and durability issue at hand, which Mingo will learn about soon.