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Track and basketball background might help Barkevious Mingo

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BEREA, Ohio — In an age of specialization, Barkevious Mingo diversified.

The first view of the Browns’ top draft choice from LSU is that he’s lightweight. He said he’s 237 pounds, and he is rangy at 6-4 (he says 6-5). He played at the same weight all season, he said. That’s not defensive end size in Cheap Jordans, although he will probably play outside linebacker with the Browns.

Mingo’s stats fell off last year as a junior, but the reason was schematic. He had 4.5 sacks as a junior. (It is interesting to note that Dan Wilkinson, the top pick of the 1994 draft, by Cincinnati, had only two sacks in his last season in 1993 at Ohio State.)

“I feel I played better (last year),” Mingo said. “(Opponents) didn’t want to get their quarterback sacked. They were chipping (delivering glancing blocks, designed to throw him off stride), crowding the line, lots of stuff to disrupt the rush of both ends. We also played a lot of mobile quarterbacks, guys that could get out of the pocket and hit you for a home run. By design, we wanted to contain those guys and keep them in the pocket.”

He said he got a lot of hits on the Browns’ Trent Richardson in the epic Alabama-LSU games of 2011, “But he was a trunk. He didn’t go down easy,” said Mingo.

I at first heard it as “truck.” But “trunk” it was on the tape. That spares you another Jimmy Haslam joke about tackle rebates. Or maybe not.

I like that he was a multi-sport guy. He avoided the get-that-athletic-scholarship grind in Cheap Jordan Shoes that  burns many kids out. Mingo played basketball most of his high school years.

He ran track as a sprinter, not, as I speculated before speaking to him, as a field eventer in the high jump. The Dallas Cowboys’ long, rangy wideout, Alvin Harper, was an NCAA high jump champion at Tennesse. Mingo ran the 200, the 400, and the 4x400 relay. “The 400 is a man’s race,” he said.

Anyone with Mingo’s height would have the stride length to devour the ground in the one-lapper. Ohio State’s Butch Reynolds, the 400 silver medalist in Seoul at the 1988 Olympics and a member of the gold medal 4X400 team, stood 6-4.

Track training was largely sacrificed on the altar of spring football at Ohio State under former coach Jim Tressel, even when Ted Ginn Jr. was there with his world-class speed. Beyond question, track athletes develop better running mechanics than those not exposed to the discipline.

As a basketball player, Mingo was a “4” (a power forward). He was “OK as a scorer, but more of a defensive player.” He eventually accepted the fact  that there were few 6-5 power forwards in the NBA. (Charles Barkley was really probably 6-4 1/2 or so, but he was absolutely unique.)

So Mingo turned to football. He picked it up instinctively, making plays all over the practice field in high school at West Monroe, La., a couple of days after the state track meet. It was due in part to his coaches, standing behind him telling the new kid where to go after a starter was hurt early in the workout. But it was also instincts.

Many college coaches like to scout football players who play hoops. Players get many more chances to handle the ball and show off their athleticism in basketball than in football. It is a game of 2013 Jordan Shoes For Sale and precise footwork. Orlando Pace’s basketball footwork in high school at Sandusky  helped make him one of the Buckeyes’ best offensive linemen ever.

OSU’s Urban Meyer believes in scouting recruits who also play basketball. Joe Paterno never saw one of Penn State’s best running backs ever, Curt Warner, play football on anything but film before recruiting him. But he made sure to see him play basketball in person.

Asked after whom he patterned himself in the NFL, Mingo said, “I didn’t watch the NFL that much. I was a basketball fan, a Kobe (Bryant) fan, but I couldn’t do that on the field.” 

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