I’m very excited. I’m a national football player, it’s a lifelong dream. Now, I get to play for a team and city that loves football. Coming from my visit and sitting with coach Horton, he informed me of the tradition of the organization and how much the fans love their city. It really made me want to play there. […] My goal is to be starting week one and help win games. That’s what they are bringing me in here for and that’s what I’m committed to doing.
— Cleveland Browns first-round draft selection Barkevious Mingo, via conference call shortly after being selected sixth-overall. Mingo is a highly-athletic edge rusher who will play outside linebacker in the team’s 3-4 defensive scheme.