Browns signs LB Mingo

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo gestures to the crowd against Mississippi State last season. Mingo signed with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

CLEVELAND - Nothing else is in rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo’s way but some blockers.

The Browns signed the No. 6 overall pick from LSU in this year’s NFL draft to a four-year contract Sunday. The deal, which is worth over $16 million, includes a team option in the fifth year.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Mingo played in 40 games at LSU with 15 starts. He re­cor­ded 119 tackles and 15 sacks.

Mingo played defensive end in college, but will switch to outside linebacker in new coordinator Ray Horton’s 3-4, multi front alignment.

 Mingo has heard skeptics say he’s too light to play linebacker in the pros and will have a difficult time against bigger, stronger offensive linemen. However, Mingo insists his weight won’t be an issue, and the Browns are confident his exceptional quickness will give him an advantage.