November 17, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Ole Miss Rebels running back Randall Mackey (1) carries the ball past LSU Tigers linebacker Kevin Minter (46) during the second half at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Ole Miss 41-35. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers Draft Watch: LSU ILB Kevin Minter


LSU, Linebacker
6-foot-1, 245 pounds

Checking in on a few more players in the second round that the Chargers should keep their eye on for the combines. Kevin Minter, out of LSU, is a prospect that could be taken late in the first round, but could be available for the San Diego Chargers in the second round.

He is a sure-tackler, very instinctive and knows how to read the quarterback. He knows hot to time his blitzes and could work well in the middle, pairing with Donald Butler. We all know that Takeo Spikes is a few steps too slow these days. Spikes likely won’t be on the roster next season, unless he takes less money and a smaller role. He is a leader in the locker room and on the field, but he is getting up there in age.

Adding a player like Minter would be a nice addition to the front seven. There would be a nice group of youth and athleticism to add with Melvin Ingram, Jarret Johnson, Corey Liuget, Kendall Reyes and Butler.

Minter may fall to the second round of the draft because he lacks the size of most middle linebackers. He is not a masher either. He isn’t going to blow up a fullback and then make the tackle on the runningback.

Tags: Kevin Minter LSU NFL Draft San Diego Chargers

  • tbell11

    If he’s still available in round 2 and CB’s Trufant and Rhodes are already gone then sure why not take a chance on him.

  • Preston Niedert

    What’s is take so long to cut players and all I’m see are boaring reports and We chargers fans would like to be updated on free agent news as well as draft news

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      there is no hurry… Telesco wants to evaluate the players to the best of his ability. He has been around for a month or so. give it some time

      • Preston Niedert

        I get that part but are the chargers talking to free agents other then there own cause once free agency hits everybody brother will be talking to free agents the chargers might target and unless the chargers strike fast and hard in free agency then we will be left out in the dust while all the good players go off the board and we get the crappy one all I’m saying is I’m tires of the chargers signining low leve agents sign a top notch agent and you won’t have to sign a buch of stop gap players to plug in holes it seem like every time we fix one thing anothor thing pops up and it annoying.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          Per NFL rules, teams aren’t supposed to talk to Free agents until a month from now… Honestly, we still aren’t going to make a huge splash on free agency. We don’t have much cap space to do so