When the Cleveland Browns chose former Louisiana State defensive end
However, Mingo knows that in order to get to that level, he must put in the work necessary to break down opposing offensive lines’ protections and get to their quarterbacks.
“I just want to get back to playing football,” Mingo said. “It’s been a couple months since the Clemson game and I’ve got a nasty taste in my mouth. I just want to strap (the pads) on and just play football.”
Mingo said he is especially looking forward to transitioning from defensive end to outside linebacker with the help of Browns’ outside linebackers coach Brian Baker and defensive line coach Joe Cullen.
“With the coaching from these coaches, I feel the talent level that I have could go as far as I want it to,” Mingo said. “I have two coaches that are great for this position, Coach Baker and Coach Cullen. I know they’re going to coach me up well, and they’re committed. They’re committed to winning football games, committed to this team, and we’re just ready to win.”
Mingo admittedly “knew nothing” about Cleveland or the Browns prior to his pre-draft visit, but quickly learned it was a city and team he wanted to be a part of after the draft.
“I got a little crash course driving through the city with some of the guys who worked here,” Mingo said. “They kind of gave me a brief history of the team, the city and the new direction they’re heading into. I was thrilled, and I’m happy to be aboard.
“I’m just excited to play. I’ve been hearing a lot of stories. One of the commentators last night made a little side joke about my name going in perfectly with the Dawg Pound. I’m just excited to play there. I know Cleveland has loyal fans. They pack the stadium, and love to root on their Browns.”