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2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kevin Minter

  • Kevin Minter, 6-2/242

  • Inside Linebacker

  • LSU

  • Kevin Minter Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Fabulous run-defender
  • Takes on blocks extremely well
  • Adept at shedding blocks
  • Excellent tackler
  • Fast, covers a lot of ground
  • Extremely physical
  • Play recognition
  • Intelligence
  • Hard hitter
  • Plus instincts
  • Gets deep in his pass drops
  • Aggressive attitude
  • Blitzing ability
  • Explosive
  • Good open-field tackling
  • Potential to be good in pass coverage
  • Blitzing ability
  • Scheme versatility

  • Weaknesses:
  • Awareness needs improvement
  • Needs to get faster at reading his keys
  • Can he cover tight ends? Running backs?

  • Summary: Minter was a force for LSU in 2012 and was the team's most consistent defender. Safety Eric Reid and defensive end Barkevious Mingo each had disappointing a year, while the defense also clearly missed Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne. Minter really improved his play from his sophomore season and led the LSU defense to maintain a high level of play.

    Minter recorded 61 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, one pass broken up and a forced fumble in 2011. He made a massive improvement this year as he more than doubled his tackle total. The junior had 130 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, four sacks, five passes broken up, an interception and a forced fumble.

    Minter was an absolute animal against Florida, amassing 20 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. The fumble came in pass defense as he flew across the field to punch the ball out of a receiver's hands along the sideline. It was a clutch play that came deep in LSU territory to take points away from the Gators.

    Minter had other quality performances against Texas A&M, Alabama, Ole Miss and Arkansas. He totaled 19 tackles with a sack against Clemson in the bowl game. His pass coverage looked much improved against the Tigers, and it was a strong finish to the season.

    There is no doubt that Minter is an excellent run-defender. He attacks the line of scrimmage and is very tough about taking on blocks from offensive linemen. Minter also sheds those blocks well and is an excellent tackler. He covers a lot of ground with the speed to make tackles on stretch runs to the perimeter. Minter is very fast and explosive. He could be a sideline-to-sideline middle linebacker for an NFL 4-3 defense.

    In pass coverage, Minter is improving. He gets good depth in his drops and shows the potential to play some man coverage. Minter can pick up backs out of the backfield and run with them. He is going to need to work on his ability to cover receiving tight ends given the passing-obsessed state of the NFL. Minter has the speed, but will need to work on his technique in running with them downfield. He is a good blitzer who can contribute to the pass rush.

    Minter is a physical player. He hits ball-carriers with authority and plays the game with an attitude. Minter has a mean streak and the demeanor to be an enforcer in the middle of the field.

    Minter has three-down ability for the NFL and looks like a future starter. He may need some development and therefore not win a starting spot immediately. However before long, Minter should force his way onto the field. He has the size and physicality to function on the inside of a 3-4 defense but retains the speed to play the middle in a 4-3. Minter is very versatile and looks like a good value as a pick in the back half of the first round.

    Player Comparison: DeMeco Ryans The veteran Eagles linebacker is virtually the same size as Minter. Ryans (6-1, 247) is a physical, attacking linebacker who is a superb run-defender. Minter could go a little bit higher than Ryans, who went to the Texans with the first selection in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Ryans was in a more talented draft class than Minter.

    I see Minter being an NFL linebacker of Ryans' caliber. That is high praise for Minter. Thus far, Ryans is a two-time pro-bowler to go along with being the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2006.

    NFL Matches: Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Denver, Baltimore

    There are five teams in the latter half of the first round that could be good fits for Minter. The earliest he would probably go is to the Bears with the 20th overall pick. Chicago needs a long-term replacement for Brian Urlacher, and Minter would be a good fit in Mel Tucker's Cover 2 defense.

    The Bengals could use an upgrade over Rey Maualuga, and Minter would be a good scheme fit for Mike Zimmer. Minter's aggressive, attacking style could generate some big plays behind the disruptive Geno Atkins.

    Houston badly needs to improve its inside linebackers. Getting Brian Cushing back will help, but he's coming off knee surgery and the team need an upgrade next to him.

    The Broncos need a long-term middle linebacker. Nate Irving has been a disappointment and veteran Keith Brooking is just a temporary fill-in. Minter would make sense in Denver.

    The Super Bowl Champion Ravens have to replace Ray Lewis. While Lewis was an all-time great, he slowed down in his last few years and Minter could be an upgrade for the Baltimore defense. The Ravens would be fortunate to land Minter with their first-round pick.

    If St. Louis and Seattle view Minter as an outside linebacker, he could get consideration from those teams as well.

    NFL Draft Rumors

    Feb. 21: Mike Mayock said that some personnel men he's spoken to have Kevin Minter ranked ahead of Manti Te'o, with both behind Alec Ogletree. Minter and Te'o figure to be chosen at the end of the first round.

    Follow @walterfootball for updates.

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    Nicolas 01-02-2014 06:13 am (total posts: 1)
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    kelvaughn 06-26-2013 05:36 am (total posts: 1)
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    I would have drafted him first round the past we know he smoked pot and did drugs it is the past people move on.
    A R M 04-25-2013 12:14 pm (total posts: 2)
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    i think mathieu shoukd go with the 49ers e will be a best or maybe even with ravens
    A R M 04-25-2013 12:14 pm (total posts: 2)
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    i think mathieu shoukd go with the 49ers e will be a best or maybe even with ravens
    Best Corner in the Draft 04-21-2013 11:22 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Not only is he the best DB in the draft I say he's the best defensive player in the draft and who ever gets him will not regret it and the teams that pass on him I already feel sorry for them I predict 2-3 round
    Iggy 04-21-2013 06:14 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Minnesota has him on the short list
    Dave T 04-16-2013 05:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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    You've compared him to Antoine Winfield, but you don't have the Vikings as a possible team???
    Will 03-25-2013 11:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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    And that's why the Bucs should take him and hope Barber comes back to teach him how to be a man
    Multi-Skillionaire 03-22-2013 01:24 am (total posts: 1)
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    Detroit will draft him in the 3rd and use him for the slot.
    Jfk 03-16-2013 08:44 pm (total posts: 1)
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    The honey badger in the steelers. Think about its a good fit and since Chris Rainey left we need another guy to go return kicks/punts. Hope he does get drafted by them
    Spraynard 03-05-2013 09:25 pm (total posts: 1)
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    @Ugh Confidence inspires confidence. Listen to anyone talk about Ray Lewis. His swagger just took his team to the superbowl.
    BucFan90 03-05-2013 05:48 pm (total posts: 1)
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    And half the man Ronde is.
    Dan 03-05-2013 10:38 am (total posts: 1)
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    There's a part of me that would like the 'Skins to draft Mathieu, and hope that the positive influences like Griffin and London Fletcher (if he comes back) will be able to keep him stable and out of trouble. As long as it's not one of their higher picks. Scares me a little though. We've had three players lose significant time over the last three years for drug suspensions.
    Ugh 03-05-2013 10:34 am (total posts: 1)
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    How is "swagger" a strength?


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