Pluto: Mingo was 1 of 4 “Blue Chippers” For Browns

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.

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  • JHop

    I know that hindsight is always 20/20 and it’s unfair to retroactively criticize decisions, but picks 16, 46, and 222 could’ve been Jarvis Jones/Tyler Eiffert, David Amerson/Any one of a number of starting caliber TEs (Escobar, McDonald, etc.), and a FB, respectively. It’d be hard to justify the Browns current picks as better than this hypothetical.

  • woofersus

    True, but they ultimately decided against it because of how much they liked Mingo, not because of how much they did or didn’t like the rest of the people available. We can only judge the decision on how well he does. Maybe if they knew Jones would fall that far it would give them pause (obviously they didn’t) but they had a short list, and they got somebody from it. We’ll see if the list was right.

  • Porkchop

    So sayeth the Lorzax: Win and these things will go away.
    A year ago opinion was split about fifty fifty on whether to mortage the future on RG or keep the picks. Every year has a QB controversy, even though if we were all honest its a pretty irrelevant question, if everyone doesnt know who “The Man” is, then “The Man” is not on your team, so why bother fighting over two JAGS?
    If Mingo has a Jevon Kearse rookie year, nobody will care about the guys we “coulda had” If he has a mediocre year and the team is still winning nobody is going to care. If he has a great year and we still lose people will be complaining about what good does it do to get sacks when you still don’t have db’s/fs etc If he has a bad year and the team loses, then its safe to say Lombardi’s lawn will be covered with so much fecal matter it will be condemed.
    Start winning and we’ll be left like two porn stars arguing over length or girth.

  • saggy

    your first point is always the only point that matters.

  • Robbie S

    Green Stickers, Blue Chippers… Where’s the Browns Stains at? Oh… on the field.

  • mgbode

    fecal matter is good for lawns

  • Harv 21

    What Pluto’s source was selling him was the “we stuck with our board, we got one we wanted” line. This may be true. But even if it is, that player evaluation better be right. Because if it isn’t, this is the first petard upon which the FO will eventually be hoisted.

  • BenRM

    I still think that Jone’s head is going to fall off in a year or two.

    Would have loved to have Eiffert though.

  • mgbode

    whose other board would we use?

  • Harv 21

    Winning would only make it go away temporarily. If Mingo is ok, a Wimbley type, but Jarvis Jones is league defensive MVP, haunting our QB and making our center straighten and point in terror every passing down for the next 8 years, it won’t go away for you or me. Winning is hard to sustain foe a team if you blow high first round draft picks and take a pass on your 4th and 5th in an important rebuilding draft.

  • JK

    Steelers, Patriots or Ravens I hope

  • Harv 21

    not what I meant, silly. Meant a FO always says the first pick was the guy they really coveted. Sometimes it’s even true. But sometimes it was really “crap, just get the next likeliest dude to pressure the QB, who knows what loser’s gonna be left at 16.”

  • Porkchop

    If Jones is that destructive we wont be winning at least against the Steelers which means not winning the division which means the point still stands.

  • Surely Dion Jordan is the other blue chipper?