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Minter, a likely first- or second-round pick, decided to skip his final season at LSU after a spectacular redshirt junior season for the Tigers, finishing with 130 tackles - fourth most in program history - 15 for loss, four sacks and five pass breakups. The second-team AP All-American flew under the radar his first two seasons in Baton Rouge, appearing in 11 games as a redshirt freshman and starting 11 of 14 games as a sophomore, but he was a consensus first-team all-SEC pick in 2012 and a finalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. Minter was also named the Tigers' most valuable player, so he had the respect of his teammates. In 38 collegiate games - 24 starts - Minter finished with 206 tackles, 18 1/2 for loss and five sacks. He's a fierce competitor, has a nose for the ball and is solid against the run. The 22-year-old has good hands, attacks blockers and can finish off tackles. Minter, a native of Suwanee, Ga., won't give up on plays, but the 4.81 second 40-yard dash he clocked at the Scouting Combine could have raised concerns about his lack of speed and quickness. Minter takes good angles and doesn't waste steps, yet he also needs to improve his range and reaction time in pass situations. Minter could be a three-down LB that fits in a 4-3 or 3-4. An early enrollee at LSU in 2009, he earned a degree in General Studies in December.