2013 – LB Barkevious Mingo (Round 1, 6th overall)
Geeze, talk about a bad idea. Granted the 2013 NFL Draft wasn’t great, but wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins didn’t go until the 27th pick, and Kyle Long and Tyler Elfert went back to back, but the first round was devoid of a lot of good picks, and not many of them panned out or turned into anything too special.
Still, with the three of them still on the board, and Zach Ertz and Le’Veon Bell in this draft as well, to walk away with Barkevious Mingo? Was it the name? Did he remind GM Michael Lombardi of a 1970s’ mystery cartoon character? Barkevious Mingo’s Mystery Marathon Monday?
Mingo was a bust and still is, despite somehow still hanging on in the NFL as a backup. In seven seasons in the NFL, he has 10 sacks. That’s it. He was drafted for his ability to rush the passer.
Lombardi is on the shortlist for the dumbest hires in recent Browns history. The worst part about the lone Lombardi draft wasn’t that he thought Mingo was the guy, but that he also wasted pick after pick. The team didn’t have any fourth or fifth-round picks, instead choosing to draft cornerback Leon McFadden in the third, safety Jamoris Slaughter in the sixth and defensive end Armonty Bryant and guard Garrett Gilkey in the seventh.
This was the Josh Gordon year as well, where the Browns gave up a future 2013 second-round pick for the rights to draft Gordon in the 2012 supplemental draft. So even that second-round pick isn’t Lombardi’s to brag about.