Like several other OLB/DE hybrids considered sure-fire prospects, Mingo is long on athleticism but short on productivity. For the Browns, he fills an ever-important need in a league in which passers and pass rushers often determine the outcome of games and seasons.
Given Mingo's upside (6-4, 240 pounds, 4.53 40), it's easy to imagine him terrorizing NFL quarterbacks off the edge as a multi-dimensional defender. But his pedestrian college output (38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks) in 2012 has raised concerns. Not helping: the well-documented struggles of other former highly regarded LSU defensive linemen in the NFL.
We'll have to wait several seasons to know if Mingo pans out as a legit NFL pass rusher. But for now, on paper, Cleveland addressed a huge need.