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.

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