Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 2/45 - Kevin Minter, ILB, 6-0, 246, Louisiana State...The Cardinals traded down from 38 to 45, picking up a fourth=-round pick from the Chargers. The Cardinals passed on Manti Te'o because they thought Minter was a better player. He is short but Minter packs a punch. He could play right away because starter Daryl Washington is suspended for the first month. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - The Cardinals' decision to trade down in the second round will link linebackers Kevin Minter and Manti Te'o together for years to come. The Cardinals passed on a chance to take Te'o with the 38th overall pick, trading down seven spots with the Chargers, who took Te'o. The Cardinals took Minter out of LSU. They were willing to trade down because they had Minter ranked higher than Te'o. I'm a physical player," he said. "I'm passionate. I'm about business. I feel like I'll be a great asset to this team. I play balls to the wall on every play." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 2/45 - Kevin Minter, ILB, 6-0, 246, Louisiana State...The Cardinals traded down from 38 to 45, picking up a fourth=-round pick from the Chargers. The Cardinals passed on Manti Te'o because they thought Minter was a better player. He is short but Minter packs a punch. He could play right away because starter Daryl Washington is suspended for the first month. - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 24. MLB Kevin Minter, LSU (6-0, 246, 4JR)...Minter is an aggressive thumper and physical presence against the run with enough range to make plays near the sideline but has some holes in pass coverage. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/25/13 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 49. *Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU: On a defense blessed with extraordinary talent, Minter was the most consistent LSU defender a season ago. His lack of elite size and speed pushes him into the second round, but he should emerge as a quality starter early in his pro career. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/29/13 - 2013 LSU Pro Day: Kevin Minter, ILB (6-0, 245) - Minter ran a 4.67-and 4.72-second 40-yard dash. He looked steady in positional drills and recorded a 34 1/2-inch vertical, a 9-foot-6 broad jump, a 4.49-second short shuttle and a 7.39-second three-cone drill. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/29/13 - 2013 LSU Pro Day: Linebacker Kevin Minter ran a 4.81 40-yard dash at the combine but was able to improve that number to 4.67 on Wednesday, adding a 34.5-inch vertical jump, 7.37 three-cone drill and 4.47 short shuttle. The potential first-round pick also looked smooth in linebacker drills and only helped his case to be the first player chosen in the draft at his position, ahead of other middle linebackers like Manti Te'o and Alec Ogletree. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/01/13 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: March 27 - USC, LSU...LSU has double-digit prospects who could hear their name called in the 2013 NFL Draft, several of which didn't work out at the combine, including offensive tackle Chris Faulk and running back and Spencer Ware. It will also be an opportunity for possible first-round picks like Barkevious Mingo and Kevin Minter to improve their results from Indianapolis. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/13 - 2013 NFL Combine, Tale of the tape: Since taking over for now-Buffalo Bills incumbent starting inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard as LSU's starter two years ago, Minter has proven to be a standout. Though at times overshadowed by all of the talent at LSU, Minter was the team's most consistent defender and in 2012 enjoyed one of the greatest seasons from any inside linebacker in school history, recording 130 tackles, including 15 for loss in becoming a consensus All-American and Butkus Award finalist. Before a team is willing to invest a first round pick on him, however, they'll certainly want to get accurate measurements. Should Minter register close to the prototypical 6-2, 245 pound build LSU listed him at in 2012, the first round is where he's likely to wind up. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/13 - TOP 10: SCHOOLS HIT HARDEST BY EARLY DEPARTURES: 1. LSU: The Tigers lost a staggering number of good players who are leaving Baton Rouge early. In all, if you include Tyrann Mathieu, who would technically be a senior in 2013, LSU loses 11 players and five of those guys figure to be among the first two rounds in the April NFL Draft: Sam Montgomery, Keke Mingo, Eric Reid, Bennie Logan and Kevin Minter. The Tigers defense also loses rangy CB Tharold Simon and, of course, Mathieu. The departees, if you also add in the stats of outgoing punter Brad Wing and Michael Ford, accounted for 388 tackles, 43 TFLs and 16.5 sacks, and that's just from the guys who had eligibility remaining. Also gone, OT Chris Faulk and running backs Spencer Ware and Ford. Tiger sources say almost all of the departures were expected. An exception: Minter, who proved to be a revelation in 2012 and had 130 tackles and 15 TFLs, came on so fast last season that no one before the year inside the program would've imagined he'd have the chance to bolt. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
01/03/13 - LSU redshirt junior Kevin Minter has decided to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, according to a report by ESPN's Joe Schad. Minter ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 inside linebacker prospect, behind only Notre Dame's Manti Te'o. He appears in my first-round mock draft, projected to go 29th to the Houston Texans.
A first team All-SEC performer, Minter emerged as one of the top leaders of the LSU defense in 2012 and one of only four SEC defenders to record triple-digit tackles, finishing with 111 stops. He also led the team with 13.5 tackles for loss, adding three sacks, five pass break-ups and an interception.
Minter is a physical downhill linebacker, who plays decisive and tough with an attacking play style. He shows little wasted movements and plays with an infectious intensity that his teammates feed off of, earning praise for his attitude on and off the field by the coaching staff. LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis has called Minter the team's top competitor, and, at the end-of-season banquet, Minter was voted by his teammates as the team's most valuable player. While Te'o appears to be the consensus top prospect at his position, it wouldn't be surprising if some teams rank Minter as the better inside linebacker. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com