In his Sunday notes, The Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto talks about the some of the draft strategy for the Browns that unfolded in the first round. This includes the selection of LSU defensive lineman/linebacker prospect Barkevious Mingo instead of a potential trade down.
“The Browns had four players ranked as “blue-chippers.” I could only come up with three names — Barkevious Mingo and offensive tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher. It’s possible the fourth was guard Chance Warmack, although I’m sure they were not going to take a guard at No. 6. The main point was Mingo was on the list.
That’s why they rejected an offer from St. Louis to trade down to No. 16 and add a second-round pick. If a blue-chipper remained available, they were not about to make a trade unless it was clearly lopsided in their favor. They didn’t think the offer for the Rams’ 16th, 46th and 222nd picks were enough to pass on Mingo.”
In his junior season at LSU, Mingo amassed 4.5 sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss, and 38 tackles, earning second team All-SEC honors. The Rams, you will recall, made a trade last season prior to the draft with the Washington Redskins that allowed them to select Robert Griffin III at number two overall, moving up from six, in exchange for two future additional first round picks and a second round pick. The Browns were said to be in on that trade action as well.