ESPN The Cleveland Browns have traded linebacker Barkevious Mingo, a former first-round pick, to the New England Patriots in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2017. The trade was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Mingo, 25, was the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft and has seven sacks in three seasons. The Browns did not pick up his fifth-year option, and he was scheduled to become a free agent after this season. The Patriots hope he will provide some additional pass rush.
This is such a savvy Patriots move, grab a 25-year-old former sixth overall pick who was a bad fit in the system with his former team for a low risk draft pick, and watch him flourish on a Super Bowl contender. Barkevious Mingo has his limitations, he is not strong and gets stonewalled at the point of attack, he does not have many pass rush moves to break free of blocks once engaged. He does not play the run, he is a situational pass rusher, who eill likely only play on passing downs. However, he is an incredible athlete with great speed off the edge, and he is a great fit in the Patriots defensive scheme. I would not be shocked if, as a situational pass rusher, Barkevious Mingo gets double digit sacks this season in New England.
P.S. 2013 was not a great draft, but the Browns picked Barkevious Mingo ahead of players like DeAndre Hopkins, Kawaan Short, Le’Veon Bell and Sheldon Richardson to name a few. Bet the franchise would like to have that draft back.