LSU’s Kevin Minter could be a good fit in Baltimore

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Well, we are back at it again at Mockone.net and #mockfive on Twitter with the fifth installment of mocking the NFL draft.

I am your resident general manager for the Ravens in mock five.

I tried to trade down, but, finding no offers that I liked, I picked Louisiana State University linebacker Kevin Minter with the last pick of the first round.

Here are two descriptions of Minter from scouts.

 

Rob Rang, CBS Sports

Compares to: DeMeco Ryans, MLB, Philadelphia Eagles
Like Ryans, Minter is slightly undersized and relies on his instincts and reliable tackling ability — rather than sheer explosiveness — to accumulate impressive stat-lines.

NFL.com

NFL Comparison: Takeo Spikes

He might only have one full season in the 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.

So what do you think? Like the pick? Hate the pick?

Others I considered were:
• Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
• Matt Elam, S, Florida
• Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

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8 Raves on “LSU’s Kevin Minter could be a good fit in Baltimore

  1. IrieMon on said:

    If he’s likely to land in the “top 64″ then I don’t see The Wizard of Oz taking him at 32. But we shall see. I like him. I thought he was better than the top 64.

  2. Mike on said:

    I hate it. I have Minter as about 7th among ILB prospects. Would be very upset if Ozzie drafted him, especially at 32

  3. Anonymous on said:

    I’m really high on Arthur Brown right now. He moves well laterally and is able to work well in coverage because of it. Our front line is fairly stacked, so I’m much more concerned about a new ILB’s abilities in coverage. Te’o and Minter to a lesser degree, don’t show the same speed and aren’t as good in coverage.

    • ravensean509@gmail.com on said:

      yeah, i’m really curious about him as well. I haven’t heard a single negative thing on him from any source except his size which probably is the last reason not to take him. A lot of fine LB’s (derrick brooks!) had that knock. If a guy has instincts and speed, i’ll take him every day……………

  4. Corvus Amplus on said:

    Should’ve traded down becuase that mock draft was reaching a lot and letting some quality player drop. I like the idea of trading to get three 2nd rounders to get quality starters.

    Kevin Minter is a good instinctual LB that you can plug and play, but I had a 2nd round grade on him

    Justin Hunter is a project because he has a learn a lot of the nuance of the position

    D.J. Swearinger is going to be a good player due to his ability to play both spots and as a cover CB. That type of versatility goes well with our defense.

  5. Jerry M on said:

    We are gonna trade down out of the first round thats the smartest thing to do it saves money and there is alot of depth at every position we need. An In OZZIE I TRUST

  6. Ravenwoman on said:

    I don’t see the Ravens staying at 32 at all. If a highly rated player on their board falls in the twenties, I look for the Ravens to bundle some of their picks and trading up. If there are 4 or 5 players they value the same, I look for them to trade back a few spots and gain an additional pick. I really would love the Ravens to land a top notch left tackle; one that could start day one. Secondly, I would like the Ravens to finish remodeling the defense with some linebackers and a safety. As usual, it is right player, right place and right price with need coming in second.

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