Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) looks on during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Browns defeated the Vikings 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns OLB Barkevious Mingo Displaying All-Pro Potential

Everyone and their grandmother wrote off the Cleveland Browns after they traded Trent Richardson two weeks into the season after the club drafted him third overall the year prior, but the current Browns scoffed at our collective notion as they improved to 2-0 in the post-Richardson era.

Certianly the play of Brian Hoyer and Jordan Cameron are large reasons why the Browns have experienced the two-game winning streak,  but one of the big reasons why the Browns are playing so well  is not getting the attention and acclaim it deserves.

Former LSU Tiger and the sixth pick in the NFL draft, Barkevious Mingo has been a menace coming off the edge in the Brown’s defense and continued that in his first NFL start today. For the third week in a row Mingo collected a sack and added four tackles and two for loss in the Browns 17-6 win over their AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals.

Mingo’s delayed start to his NFL career this season has been well-documented, but since he made his debut in Week 2, the 6-4, 240-pound edge rusher has lived up to the billing associated with a player being picked as high as he was.

Aug 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns Barkevious Mingo (51) against the St. Louis Rams Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

The Brown’s defense is flying under the radar with players such as D’Qwell Jackson, Craig Robertson, Buster Skrine, Phil Taylor, Jabaal Sheard, and Joe Haden forming the nucleus of a solid unit. However, it’s Mingo who has the potential to take the unit to the next level and make impact plays as he did so often while a defensive end at LSU.Just wait until Mingo adds gains some strength and bulks up another 15 pounds and won’t have to rely so heavily on his lightning quick first step and can incorporate some power moves into his arsenal.

The future is much brighter for the Cleveland Browns than any of us thought–even diehard Brown’s fans–and a big part is because of the play of Mingo. he could be the NFL defensive rookie of the year if he maintains this pace and play his way onto the Pro Bowl if he can eclipse 10 sacks.

I’m not gonna bet against him.

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