Kevin Minter Scouting Report

February 14th, 2013

Kevin Minter is a big hitter with great instincts

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Prospect: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 245 lb
Grade: 7.31 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report:

+Sideline to sideline speed is adequate, had no problems in the country’s fastest conference
-Lacks significant burst to close on the ball from a static position
-Struggles to change directions in space, wastes steps in doing so
+Strong player with a thick, sturdy build and a well-built lower half

+Works through his reads at a high rate and trusts what he sees, reacts quickly and decisively
+Picks up the ball quickly on misdirection plays and fakes, often tipped off by reads
+Was named a team captain as a junior and voted team MVP

Pass Rush:
-Limited and uninventive blitzer when blockers set up properly, lacks any sort of moves to get around
+Makes the most of unblocked opportunities with ability to break down efficiently and not miss quarterbacks
+Times up blitzes and disguises intentions well

Run Support:
+Scrapes off of blocks to flow over the top and get to edge runs effectively
+Attacks gaps aggressively coming forward, aided by confidence in his ability to read plays correctly
-Inconsistent ability to shed blocks that he has to take on squarely, doesn’t always get his hands to the frame of blockers to create space
+More than adequate strength as an in the box defender, fights through congestion in the middle very well
+Textbook tackler who drops his pad level, sees what he hits, and wraps up
+Shows ability to rip at the ball to try and force fumbles at opportune times

+Consistently turns and runs upfield with tight ends in man coverage without losing a step
-Often relied on contact down field that he won’t have the benefit of at the next level
-Turns his back to the quarterback often in coverage, turns and runs to get to spots in zone coverage
-Often fails to turn his head and find the football in man coverage, even when in the proper position to do so
-Undeveloped zone coverage defender with lack of range working laterally or moving backwards
+Reads the quarterback’s eyes effectively and drifts into spots he’s locking on to
-Lacks natural ball skills, doesn’t play it in the air often and is awkward when trying to catch the ball

Kevin Minter is far from a spectacular linebacker in terms of ability to change games with big plays. That doesn’t mean he’s not much a prospect. On the contrary, he’s a super smart defender with all the natural instincts you look for in a franchise middle linebacker. Minter is a well-developed run defender who shows flashes in pass coverage. He has two years of starting experience in one of the country’s best defenses and was one of its steadiest players during that period. Minter comes with a few concerns though. First, he quite simply doesn’t make many big plays that truly wow you on the tape. Some of that is simply situational though, considering most 4-3 mike linebackers aren’t known for being defensive dynamos. Second, LSU has a poor record with linebacker prospects in the NFL. Minter is certainly the most technically developed of the recent ones though, which should go a long way towards making him a success. He translates well to both 4-3 and 3-4 schemes, as do most instinctive inside linebackers. Because he’s not a super athlete who does any one thing phenomenally well, he’s probably not a tier one linebacker, but he’s not that far off.—Darren Page

Scouting Notes:

LSU vs. Florida
• Tries to go for the knockout blow instead of wrapping up on a Jeff Driskel draw, doesn’t hit him square and he’s able to spin off for an extra yard
• Initially unable to shed the block of Xavier Nixon at the second level, spins off into the whole and makes the tackle
• Offensive line fails to communicate when Minter shows an A gap blitz, he accelerates through the hole to tackle Driskel before he can hand it off
• Comes unblocked on a blitz, Driskel’s first read doesn’t come open and Minter sacks him
• Shows range to make the tackle at the sideline on a quick hitter to Jordan Reed
• Reads pulls from the right guard and right tackle to the left and follows them right to the play, tackles Trey Burton for a loss
• Reads pull from right guard to left and explodes to the hole right past Xavier Nixon’s block attempt, gets a piece of the running back in the hole
• Accelerates quickly on a flat pass after receiver makes the first tackler miss, drops pads well to make the hit and knocks the ball out while wrapping
• Follows pull from his right to left, sees Mike Gillislee cut back and redirects to the football effectively
• Wraps up Jordan Reed effectively in space, not a high impact tackle but didn’t miss
• Flattened on a trap after blitzing A gap, blind-sided by the pull block
• Stands up the fullback in the hole, forces indecisiveness from Gillislee
• Creates space after taking on blocker from the line of scrimmage, redirects into the hole to make the tackle for short gain

LSU vs. Mississippi State
• Struggles to change directions in space after a dump off pass, multiple wasted steps
• Gets swallowed up by a guard after a cutback, unable to shed the block
• Right tackle nowhere close to reaching Minter on a cutoff block, who comes free and makes a simple tackle in the hole
• Turns and runs well enough in man coverage to stay with a wide receiver across the middle, ball placed well though and he has no shot at it
• Diagnoses the screen pass very quickly and accelerates past the blockers to tackle the back as soon as he catches it
• Right guard fails to step with the rest of the line and leaves a big gap, Minter shoots it and makes a tackle for loss on an off tackle run
• Relying on contact downfield to hinder receivers in man coverage, rarely turning to locate the ball

LSU vs. South Carolina
• Reads pull from the left guard, meets him in the hole quickly but puts his head down and runs over the blocker instead of stacking and shedding
• Gets cut by the center on an inside draw play, unable to pop back up in time to make the tackle
• Misses initially on Marcus Lattimore filling the gap he was running in, but makes the tackle around his ankles to keep him from the first down
• Minter comes free as a blitzer before Lattimore shoots low to cut him, tries to hurdle over the top but gets clipped and can’t land on his feet
• Dives and misses on an open field tackle when Lattimore stutter steps
• Throws a cut block to the ground with great hand usage and meets Lattimore in the hole to make the tackle
• Plays off another cut block effectively on a toss play, has just enough range to clip Lattimore’s ankles at the sideline

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