Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/26/13
Linebacker Kevin Minter was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round, with the 45th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft. At 6’0, 246 pounds, Minter could be seeing action much sooner than expected. They team targeted Minter in the second round because of his instincts and versatility, but with Daryl Washington out for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, he will get an opportunity to find a starters role which would be good experience early in his career. He was one of the few rookies who received substantial reps with the veterans during OTAs and minicamp. Coach Bruce Arians likes the way he hits, and Minter love to lay wood. For what he lacks in size, his ability to read and react makes him a key player who could help fill Washington’s void. “He is not the longest athlete, but he is a squatty, explosive player that, on impact, he has some natural explosiveness in his hips,” general manager Steve Keim said, via Josh Weinfuss of AZCardinals.com. “He is a talented guy – 130 tackles in the SEC I think says a lot about his production, his nose for the football. Bruce and I have talked about this quite a bit, when he strikes, you go backwards. He is a physical downhill player and has much better range than most people give him credit for.” On his reputation for being a hard hitter: “Since I was a kid,” he said. “Just something I’ve always done. I’ve had good coaches over the years teach me how to hit and how to form tackle, and stuff like that. I’ve always had that mentality: either hit or get hit. And I really don’t like getting hit so I’d rather give it. That’s why I play defense,” Minter said. “You can’t always go around people,” he said. “You got to go through them every once in a while.”    
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