Barkevious Mingo comes to the Seahawks
Sources report that linebacker Barkevious Mingo is coming to the Seattle Seahawks to bolster the defensive lineup. The 27 year old was the 6th overall pick from the 2013 NFL draft, but has bounced around the league with stops at Cleveland, New England, and Indianapolis.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2018
Mingo is a superior athlete, at 6’4 and 241 lbs he can run a 4.58 x 40–2nd fastest for edge rushers at the NFL combine. While he played at LSU as an edge rusher, Mingo has had a hard time making the transition to an outside linebacker in the Browns system. He has yet to play a full season at a starter although he did have a decent season last year as a backup for Indianapolis with 6 games started with 47 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 sacks.
The Seahawks have a history of rehabilitating players (i.e. Dion Jordan, Byron Maxwell). This is a lower cost player who will most likely land a starting position as an outside linebacker next to Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. The salary seems to be about right for a veteran on a second contract–who hasn’t proven much. The cost isn’t too much to be considered a risk, and it will be interesting to see former linebacker and current Seahawk defensive coordinator Ken Norton get a hold of him. Mingo is a prodigious athlete, but needs to get coaching. If Ken Norton can’t teach him, no one can.