The Patriots have decided to make an interesting move by trading for Browns edge rusher Barkevious Mingo. Mingo was the 6th overall pick in the 2013 Draft, selected by then GM Michael Lombardi. Lombardi has brought multiple ex-Browns with him with Rufus Johnson, Jabaal Sheard, and Dion Lewis being notable examples. Mingo is undersized to be an every down edge guy, he profiles more as a SAM linebacker than a defensive end in the NFL. Mingo’s career never really happened in Cleveland, but that hasn’t stopped Bill Belichick from trying to acquire highly-touted talent.
The Patriots first pick in the 2013 draft was LB Jamie Collins at #52 overall, but between the 2015 and 2016 seasons they have acquired the 6th and 7th pick (G Jonathan Cooper) of that draft. Mingo is on the last year of his rookie deal with his 5th year option not being exercised by the Browns. The Patriots have been experiencing some injuries on the edge with Jabaal Sheard battling a sprained MCL and an undisclosed injury for Shea McClellin. Mingo should get plenty of opportunities to showcase himself in the final two preseason games. Stay tuned for more updates as we find out what the Patriots dealt to acquire Mingo.
Update (3:11 PM EST): The Patriots have dealt a 2017 5th round pick for Mingo. Combine that and with his salary fully guaranteed, he’s a lock to make the roster.