Transcript from Barkevious Mingo's teleconference after being selected by the Browns with the No. 6 overall pick:
Q) What’s your reaction to coming to Cleveland?
A) I just had a really good visit going there. The coaches were very impressive. I fell in love with the city and now I have a chance to play there.”
Q) Can you tell us a little more about your visit?
A) I talked to (defensive coordinator) Ray Horton and we pretty much went over how they wanted to use me in this scheme. We talked about football, we talked about wanting to get to know me as a person, obviously. That’s pretty much the extent of my visit there.”
Q) How did they say they want to use you in this scheme?
A) “As a pass rusher. They wanted to get somebody to get to the quarterback and come in and help them on defense.”
Q) Can you speak to the need to bulk up and get bigger and stronger?
A) “Definitely. I’ve been in the gym since I’ve been talking to them, it was one of the concerns. But it’s really not a concern. I can easily put the weight on throughout the season. It’s just the fact of doing it.”
Q) You walked into draft with a brown tie and orange pocket square. Did you know going in they were going to take you?
A) “I did not know going in. It was a favorite color, it looked good and I went with it. It was really a coincidence.”
Q) With 15 sacks in 3 years at LSU, what makes you so good as a pass rusher & how will you fit in this 3-4 defensive scheme the Browns plan to run?
A) “I just have to want to get there. I’m a high-energy guy with a quick first step and burst to the ball. That’s what they liked about me and what they wanted to add to their team. I feel I can bring that.”
Q) What is your general reaction to coming to Cleveland. On the TV screen, you didn’t look ecstatic. Did I read it wrong?
A) “I’m very excited. Being a National Football League player is a lifelong dream. And I actually get to play for a team that loves football. Coming from my visit, coach Horton recounted for me the tradition of the organization, how much the fans love the team. It made me want to play there.”
Q) Can you talk about your experience covering tight ends or running backs in pass coverage?
A) “Did it a few while I was at LSU, not too much.”
Q) Talk about the idea of switching to outside linebacker. Some have said it may free you up and you may actually be better as far as pass rushing, given the way LSU schemed.
A) “I agree completely with that comment. With offensive lineman not knowing if I’m coming or dropping back in coverage, they can’t predict where I’ll be at.”
Q) Your stats took a dip a little bit last year from your sophomore season. What contributed to that & how do you fix that coming into the NFL?
A) “Just scheme on both sides of the ball. Offensive coordinators don’t want their quarterbacks to be hit. So they’ll shift back a defensive end, they’ll slide the wide, they’ll three-step drop. Quarterbacks have been doing that a long time. We also, on our side of the ball, we play mobile quarterbacks. And by scheme, our defensive coordinator didn’t want us to get uphill and lose contain on those guys and let them make big runs. So by scheme, we would contain more than the rush.”
Q) Where did you think you were going to go when the night started?
A) “Honestly, it was wide open. My agent didn’t know anything, I didn’t know anything. Really, just came in hoping for the best.”
Q) What’s your vision for your pro career? How good of a player can you be?
A) “I think I can be as good as I want to be, and I want to be great. I want to be one of those guys who gets their name in Canton, Ohio.”
Q) What is it about playing in the SEC that prepares you for the pros?
A) “I’ve played in NFL type games week in and week out. A lot of those guys, they got their names called earlier in the SEC. It shows they have a lot more guys making it to NFL teams.”
Q) The success here is not what you’re used to in college. How will you adjust to that?
A) “I’ll do everything I can to change it – get to the quarterback, cause turnovers and win games. That’s what it’s all about.”
Q) You’re a Louisiana kid. How much time have you spent in Ohio and in the north before?
A) “Really, that was the first time when I took a couple visits coming out of high school to Michigan, UConn. Those were the only trips I made up north.”
Q) Presumably you’ll be playing opposite of Paul Kruger at that outside linebacker position. How much do you know about him and how good can your tandem be?
A) “He’s a terrific defensive end who just makes plays, causes havoc and chases quarterbacks. Us two on the ends, it’s going to be hard for the offensive line to try to swap one way or the other or do anything, really.”
Q) Being a top 10 pick, is it your expectation that you’ll come in here and win a job right out of training camp?
A) “That’s my goal. My goal is to be starting from day one and help win games. That’s what they’re bringing me in for.”
Q) You have such a stunning smile. Do you get it from anyone in your family?
A) “Honestly, I don’t know. But thank you.”
Q) Tell us how you got your name and has it occurred to you how fitting it is for the Dawg Pound?
A) “(Laughs) It is very fitting. My mom just kind of made it up, came up with it. She just wanted it to be different I guess.”
Q) The first week of the season you’ll be playing the Dolphins and Dion Jordan will be on the other side of the field. Do you think you’re the best pass rusher in this draft?
A) “I think I’m the best pass rusher week one, pre season. I’ll show that.”