LSU junior linebacker Kevin Minter announced yesterday that he would forgo his senior season and head to the NFL.
“It’s been an honor to play at LSU under Coach Les Miles and Coach (defensive coordinator John) Chavis,” Minter said in a phone interview. “They helped me get where I am now. I’ll always bleed purple and gold.
“I was surprised at how fast it happened this year. I always knew I had the potential.”
Minter had a spectacular season finishing with 130 tackles and 4 sacks.
Minter said that he received a “third-round grade” that he was happy with.
“I had a third-round grade which is pretty good for a linebacker,” he said. “I’m happy with that. I worked my way up and I feel like I’m ready for the NFL. I made a promise to my mom I would get my degree.”
Minter leaving will add to the losses that the Tigers will have on the defensive side of the ball as defensive end Barkevious Mingo, defensive end Sam Montgomery, and safety Eric Reid are all expected to leave the Tigers also. There’s a possibility that the Tigers may also lose defensive tackle Bennie Logan and cornerback Tharold Simon.
Heading into next season, LSU will be weaker on the defensive side of the ball, or so they would like you to think. The Tigers always seem to find replacements for the guys they lose to the NFL, and sitting behind Mingo and Montgomery is most probably another top round draft pick.
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