Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Barkevious Mingo (LSU) is introduced by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the number six overall pick to the Cleveland Browns during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
1st Round 6th Overall — Barkevious Mingo DE/OLB, LSU — A
This is a passing league and getting to the QB is what you have to do to win. Mingo is as quick off the snap as anyone I’ve seen in a long time. Playing OLB in the 3-4 is the ideal position for someone with his athleticism and he should be a force for years.
3rd Round 68th Overall — Leon McFadden CB, San Diego St. — C+
McFadden is a smaller CB with speed and return ability. He is talented, but I thought there were better CBs on the board at this pick. He does fill a need opposite Joe Haden however.
6th Round 175th Overall — Jamoris Slaughter S, Notre Dame — B
Slaughter has played all over the field for ND because he has really good instincts. He played FS and against option teams was put in at LB. He had a season ending injury this past season of you could have heard his name called a round or so earlier.
7th Round 217th Overall — Armonty Bryant DE/OLB, East Central (OK) — B
Bryant is a good talent who had some off the field issues. He has explosion and could be a good rotation pass rusher as a 3-4 OLB.
7th Round 227th Overall — Garrett Gilkey OG/OT, Chadron St. — B
I had Gilkey as a late 5th/early 6th round guy. I thought they got good value and a guy who can swing inside at OG and outside at OT.
Outside of Mingo, none of their picks were really all that great. Looking at just this draft, it wasn’t a great draft. However, if you take into account they they got Josh Gordon last year in the supplemental draft with their 2nd rounder, they traded essentially a 5th rounder for a starting slot WR in Bess. They also traded this years 4th for a 3rd next year and this years 5th for a 4th next year. Taking all that into account, it was a really productive draft.