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2012 NFL Draft results: After trade down, Arizona Cardinals select LSU ILB Kevin Minter

The Cards add another piece to their young core on defense.

Joe Murphy

The Arizona Cardinals originally set make their second round pick with the sixth pick in the round, the 38th overall. However, after trading down to the 45th pick and adding a second rounder, they made their pick. With the 45th pick overall, they selected linebacker Kevin Minter out of LSU.

As a MLB last season Minter led team with 130 tackles, fourth most in LSU history, 15 TFL and four sacks.

Minter earned his degree in December but still had a year of eligibility. He was Chick-fil-A Bowl defensive player of the game after 19 tackles and a sack vs Clemson.

This is what SB Nation's LSU site has on Minter:

Kevin Minter was probably college football's best middle linebacker last season. Few matched Minter's production in 2012, and he raised his game with the opponent. Performances versus Florida, Clemson and Texas A&M were linebacking clinics that jump off of the film. Still, with his testing numbers were a bit of a disappointment, and with his lack of size it raises some questions as to where he fits in best. He's a true 4-3 Mike, but may be best behind a defensive line that can keep blockers off of him, and in a scheme that limits his liabilities in coverage. However, he's reportedly a favorite among personnel men, and should get drafted somewhere between the 20th and 40th picks.

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