Cleveland Browns resist shock, CEO Joe Banner says Barkevious Mingo was high on draft board

BEREA, Ohio - The one overriding thing I have learned from 13 draft nights in Berea is to always expect the unexpected.

The Browns didn't trade the sixth overall pick and had all of the picks before them fall their way, until it was there turn to pick at 8:55 p.m.

The Browns resisted the urge to shock the world and chose a quarterback. They also didn't bite on the cover corner from Alabama. Instead, they chose a rush end in Barkevious Mingo, a 6-foot-4, 241 pounder from LSU.

Mingo was asked how playing in the SEC, which is considered to be one of the best if not the best conference in the country.

"I played in NFL type games week in and week out," Mingo said. "My goal is to start week one and win games. That's what they are bringing me in there for."

Mingo was dressed in a brown tie and an orange pocket square, and was asked if he knew he was going to be picked by the Browns. Mingo said he did not. He wore the combo because orange is his favorite color.

Joe Banner said Mingo was one of the highest players on the team's draft board.

"We felt strong about the pick because of his fit and character, and what we are trying to do here," Banner said.

"It's been a priority for us (to make defensive line stronger). We wanted a stronger front, and a player that could run and hit and disrupt the quarterback," said head coach Rob Chudzinski.

Banner also said the team had a trade in place if they did not get Mingo, but would not say who the trade partner was and how low they were willing to go.

Banner was also asked if the team was going to try and trade their way back into the end of the first round Thursday night. Banner, in his classic dry sense of humor said, "We are going to sleep."

It's the NFL draft; we know that nobody ever really goes to sleep. The Browns do not have a second-round pick as of now when the draft picks back up Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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