Photo of Kevin Minter
Drafted By: Cardinals
  • Round 2
  • Pick 13
  • Overall 45

Combine Results

Grade
84.0 ?
  • 4.81 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 119.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Darryl Washington's got a four-game suspension. It's a natural need for Arizona. Kevin Minter, for me, is a solid player with a passion for the game, and you can't change his height. He's a short inside linebacker. He's going to get beat up down the seam a little bit by tight ends in the pass game, but if you want to talk about a two-down thumper that understands the run game and is a secure tackler, that's who he is." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 246LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Kevin Minter didn't crack the starting lineup until Kelvin Sheppard was selected in the third round of the 2011 draft. Even then, Minter was barely discussed among LSU's top defensive prospects while playing next to the likes of Tyrann Mathieu, Morris Claiborne, Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery, Eric Reid and Michael Brockers. However, in 2012, Minter stood out and earned consensus first-team All-SEC honors on the way to being named the team's most valuable player along with topping multiple All-American lists. Despite earning a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, the junior felt it was time to test the next level.


Minter started 11 of 14 games in 2011 compiling 61 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and one sack. He added one fumble recovery for a touchdown and a forced fumble. In 2012, Minter took over full-time, starting 13 of 13 games on the way to recording 130 total tackles, 15 going for loss (which led the team), including four sacks. He added five pass breakups, including an interception against Texas A&M, and a forced fumble.

Analysis

Strengths

Attacks blocks with extension and hand use. Very good feel in trash, subtle moves to weave through bodies and recognize run, gets to the ball carrier before teammates despite starting from the opposite side of the formation. not afraid to make contact with lead blocker between the tackles, keeps outside arm free to scrape off to running back. Takes very good angles and lines. Stops momentum of blockers, rolls into them with an anchor to not lose ground. Finishes off tackles very well. Fights as a blitzer, good motor, attempts to run through or get around contact. Sniffs out screens. When the play is visibly in from of him, the click and close can happen very quickly. Looks very comfortable when using hands to work through blockers. Has just enough speed to undercut blocks and make tackles for loss. Remained on the field in nickel packages.

Weaknesses

Occasionally overruns misdirection and draw plays, gives up inside shoulder. Lacks desirable range in coverage because of lost ground when forced to open up hips, turn, and run. Fast enough in a straight line, but lateral speed may be a question. Despite good angles, likely won't win a foot race to the edge. Too flat footed on play action and misdirection, but at least that prohibits wasted steps. Does not show the quickness to get to screen as or soon after the ball arrives despite seeing it early on. Sees pass and reacts to it in coverage, but doesn't move any sooner.

NFL Comparison

Takeo Spikes

Bottom Line

He might only have one full season int he starting lineup, but Minter was easily the most consistent defender on a very talented LSU defense during the 2012 season. The junior fills lanes with force and takes great angles to work through trash while finishing tackles authoritatively. Some evaluators may have a concern with his lateral speed since Minter seemed to reach running backs with just enough time to spare, not to mention his tendency to lose ground when forced to open his hips and drop in coverage. Minter's toughness against the run, specifically between the tackles, and reliable angles will likely land him in the top 64 picks.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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