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Mingo's goal: To prove himself

Posted May 10, 2013

Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo came to the team’s rookie minicamp with the goal to prove he was worthy of the No. 6 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Linebacker Barkevious Mingo was one of more than 40 players who were on the field for the start of the Cleveland Browns’ annual rookie minicamp Friday, and that’s just the way he likes it.

Although the Browns spent the No. 6 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft on Mingo, who entered the draft after his junior year at Louisiana State University, he is concerned solely about producing on the field, not his order in the draft.

“You realize that, but it really doesn’t matter when you get here,” Mingo said of his draft status. “You’re just another football player, and you have to prove yourself to these coaches and compete for a job.

“(I have to learn) just how to be a pro, how to play football here, how to do what I can to help the Cleveland Browns. I’ve just continued to work out back in Baton Rouge, made it up to West Monroe, worked out up there a little bit and visited. Then, I made my way up here.”

For Mingo getting on the field for Friday’s walk-through in the morning and afternoon practice “felt good.”

“It felt good to get back to football and just have some fun, compete and do the thing we love,” Mingo said. “I just wanted to go out there and show the coaches that their pick in me was a good choice. I just wanted to go out there and show what they all looked for in pre-Combine, pre-draft, all that stuff.

“I’ve got to stay in the playbook and just get ready to play. It’s just learning new concepts, pass concepts, but the rushing stuff is still the same.”

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Friday’s practice was the first time he had seen Mingo practice in person, and was impressed with what he saw.

“He looked pretty quick and pretty fast to me, so he moved around the field well,” Chudzinski said. “It’s always different when you see guys live and in person and you’re close on the field to them. He had a good day, and he really picks up things well. That’s the thing that stood out to me as well.”