From the start, when the Cleveland Browns selected former LSU defensive end
In making the transition to outside linebacker, Mingo is learning at a quicker pace than even he could have predicted.
“I know there have been some setbacks, but just making sure I’m in the books, listening to the older guys, listening to the coaches, I been doing that and everything’s been coming a little bit easier,” Mingo said. “That’s been helping, and I’ve been playing a little bit better.”
One aspect of the transition that has stood out to Mingo is that the game is much faster in the NFL than at the collegiate level.
“The attention to detail that’s required, you can’t just show up,” Mingo said. “You’ve got to put the time in. You’ve got to watch your opponent because they’re definitely watching you. The offensive linemen here, they rarely make mistakes, so it’s minimizing my mistakes, knowing my assignments, alignments and techniques.
“It’s different when the bullets are flying. These guys, they’re coming. You’ve got to read and react to what you see and make decisions on the run. The more you know, the more it slows down, and you play faster. Until you get a good grasp on the material, it’s kind of fast. You’ve got to know so it will slow down for you.”
Mingo knows a little bit about speed, as that was one of his assets the Browns talked about after drafting him, but in order to compete at the NFL level, the team’s newest outside linebacker is doing everything he can to diversify his skills.
And Mingo is doing so against Pro-Bowl caliber offensive linemen every day in training camp.
“We’ve got a Pro Bowler (in
When Mingo is not learning from Thomas on the field, he is studying film with one of the Browns’ newest acquisitions in linebacker
“Those guys have been doing it the right way,” Mingo said. “They, and
Regardless of the time it takes to make the adjustments from college to professional football, Mingo promises to put in the work because being in the NFL is a “dream come true.”
“We get paid to play a sport we love to do, and I think that’s the best thing in the world,” Mingo said. “I know it’s not the regular season, but just being able to put this uniform on and play is going to mean a lot.
“This franchise has a tremendous history that we have to live up to, and just being able to play in front of these fans and play in front of the ‘Dawg Pound,’ and feed off them, I’m just really looking forward to it.”