When the spotlight's shining, linebacker Kevin Minter hunts signal-callers at a pace that could put Bruce Wayne out of business. And his highlight reel provides no shortage of evidence.
The LSU standout declared for the 2013 NFL draft as an underclassman. But come April 25, Minter could sit at the head of his inside linebacker class.
While Manti Te'o continues to garner the lion's share of headlines—for better or worse—Minter actually grades out more favorably from a tangible standpoint. In comparison, the SEC star tipped the NFL combine scales at a heavier weight, yet still recorded a faster 40 time (Minter: 4.67, Te'o: 4.71) and demonstrated more hip explosion in the broad jump (Minter: 119", Te'o: 113").
Last season, as a junior, No. 46 stockpiled 130 total tackles, including an impressive 15 tackles for loss. He also contributed four sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in 2012 (via Sports-Reference). Te'o posted 128 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and one forced fumble as a junior (via Sports-Reference).
If the numbers don't sell skeptics on Minter's potential, the highlights will.