Cards go LB, but pass on Te’o chance

Posted by Darren Urban on April 26, 2013 – 4:52 pm

The Cardinals spent their second-round pick on LSU inside linebacker Kevin Minter, after trading down seven spots (38 to 45) with San Diego in exchange for the Chargers’ fourth-round pick, 110th overall. The Chargers took Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, and that easily could have been the Cards’ pick if they had chosen to stay put. That definitely would have been interesting. But Minter was a guy the Cards were already eying, and to pick up an extra fourth-rounder and still get the guy they wanted makes a lot of sense. Now, Minter and Te’o will be linked — along with whomever the Cards take with that second fourth-rounder — in the minds of Cards’ fans. We’ll see how it develops.

Minter’s reputation is of a two-down thumper inside guy. He’s not real big — 6-foot — but he can hit, and frankly, in nickel situations, it will be Daryl Washington as the linebacker staying on the field inside and not a guy like Minter or Jasper Brinkley, the guy who is currently penciled in to start now that Paris Lenon is gone. Minter was an first team All-American this season, getting 130 tackles and four sacks for the Tigers.

“(The Cardinals) said I could be a great fit for the team,” Minter said. “They asked me if was ready to come down to Arizona and bust some heads. I said ‘Yeah.’ ”

— A side note: free agent running back LaRod Stephens-Howling agreed to a one-year contract with the Steelers Friday. Good for Hyphen. He’ll be missed, but he wasn’t going to return, and now he’s headed back to the city where he played in college.


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41 Responses to “Cards go LB, but pass on Te’o chance”

  1. By SteveG on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Very best to the Hyphen and good to see the team move and still get who they wanted…

  2. By Oscar on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I like it. We will add an extra body with that 4th pick, Honey Badger slide to us in the 3rd.

  3. By William Barry on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    this is a great pick, because T’eo has character issues, which we dont want on the team. All this guy does is make tackles..a blue chip type of player with an attitude. Another great pick for BA, now lets get someone of offense, go to with Larry and Floyd.

  4. By CDJ on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Best of luck to LSH and i like this pick up even though Brinkley is essentially fills the same role, could be good to have them both in goal line situations where we know they are going to run it in

  5. By fredrich herdt jr on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    looking good so far. howling was to small a back and will not be missed

  6. By chuck on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Good grab! Easily a mid-late first rounder if not for all the o line men that got picked. He averaged 10 tackles a game, teo was only 8.7. Also he plays extremely aggressive which is what the cardz want!

  7. By Ricardo C. on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    This draft is setting up well for the cardinals I’m pumped I’m hopeing somehow trade or not we end up with mathieu demontre moore and Eddie lacy..I can’t believe its almost the 3rd round an Eddie lacy is still there…c’mon cards!!!!!

  8. By grabling on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Is Minter a better player than Mante Teo?

  9. By Brett n Co. on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Grabling –

    Simple answer to the question…….

  10. By Jason on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    We still need edge rushers and safeties. You guys do understand we already have the receiving core…anyone we draft now will be back ups who rarely see the field. OLB, S, RB is probably the hierarchy of needs.

  11. By chiquitita on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    This guy is not a thumper and his speed is below average. Jon Bostic ILB from Florida and Arthur Brown from Kansas State those guys are thumpers inside linebackers and with better speed, those guys where picked by the Bears and Ravens after we picked Kevin Minter. No wonder those teams are successful franchises. Another second round bust for this franchise.

  12. By Corgon on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Still don’t understand why we let the HYPHEN go. He’s a really special player, and can be a game changer. I don’t know his price, I’m sur we could afford it.
    Good luck LSH, you’re one of my favouritete Card!!!!!

  13. By Mike Ellingboe on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply


    For us, I’d say yes. As Darren said in the blog, Minter is more of a strong side ILB in the 3-4, whereas Teo would likely be used by most, in that scheme, as a weakside ILB, which we’ve already got filled with DWash. He and Washington should make for a very solid interior pair of LB’s.

  14. By DontTakeLosses on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Minter: “Minter was an first team All-American this season, getting 130 tackles and four sacks for the Tigers.”

    Honey Badger: “@CardsMarkD
    Mathieu 1 of top playmakers in CFB in ’11 when he won Bednarik Award as nation’s top defender, 1st team All-SEC & Heisman finalist”

    Cards’ Keim: kickin’ as_ and takin’ names!
    I volunteer to chaperon these LSU guys.

    My gosh, we drafted 3 very talented guys. Wowzer.


  15. By Soares20 on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    and welcome our new SAFETY TO THE DESERT TYRANN MATTHEWS!!!! With his lack of cover skills he is perfect to replace A dub in the backfield!

  16. By cardinalchris on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I’m disappointed. What are they thinking? Pass on Teo and take Minter?! Wha? Watch Minter highlights vs Florida and watch Florida run right at Minter all game. Unimpressive. Dont say a word about Teo’s character issues after taking Mathieu. Terrible pick. Trade down for a 4th rounder with Teo in your lap? Just dumb. What’s a 4th rounder give you? someone that won’t make your team, that’s what.

  17. By Red Dead Redemption on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    @William Berry
    Why are some people always saying, we need a wide receiver?

    It’s like they and you purposely forget Andre Roberts or have amnesia involving everything he has done.

    You could create a strong debate he was the best WR on the team last year, and at the very least he was much better than Floyd was easily.

    Could we use a wide receiver? Maybe, a speedy deep guy in four wide receiver situations. That’s a maybe.

    That can be taken care of very late rounds with college undrafted.

    Make no mistake though, we do not need one.

  18. By Chuck1 on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Apparently I missed something (which isn’t unusual). 🙂
    Why is he named “Honey Badger”?????????

  19. By Chuck1 on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I, of course, mean Mathieu, not Minter.

  20. By Kurt on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    LaRod may be gone, but he won’t be forgotten by Cardinal fans…

  21. By Eric G on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Can’t believe we got Honey Badger in the third. He’s got a chip on his shoulder now and I hope he has a solid career.

  22. By D on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Going into Sat, my wish for picks in round 4 and 5.

    Round 4– B. Schwenke Center
    Round 4– J. Franklin RB
    Round 5– L. Jones QB

  23. By cardsalltheway on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    @ grabling,
    “Is Minter a better player than Mante Teo?”

    No, but maybe he has a girlfriend:(

    The Cards said…”bust some heads”

    The irony:(

    Perhaps DW and TM(Honey Badger) can attend MA meetings together.

    We’ll see how long TM(Honey Badger) lasts compared to the 70th and 71st picks chosen immediately following him. The Titans picked Blidi Wreh-Wilson(CB) Connecticut and the Rams picked T.J. McDonald(FS) USC.

  24. By stevephoenix on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Glad ILB was addressed. I was worried about that position this year outside of D-Wash (and he is gone 4 games…….) but this pick helps a lot. I expect him to start, or get significant playing time early.

  25. By Coach Kevin on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Two very athletic tackles to watch early in round four. David Bakhtiari of Colorado, and David Quessenberry. Both are very athletic and quick on their feet. Either one could play left tackle or other positions on the line. Success in this league is all about building depth. Either one of these tackles in round four would be excellent picks. I hope the Cardinals use of of their 4th round picks on one of these athletic tackles.

  26. By Evan on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Understand the first round pick, puzzled by the second and third. Defense? Um… we’re already pretty good. Offense? We blow. The Cards are badly need a left tackle to protect Palmer’s blind side – and, someone to take over in a couple years when he’s done – and, a running game. If we MUST take D, would have preferred Te’o in the second. And then, a RB like Jonathan Franklin in the third (with either QB Nassib or Barkley tomorrow). Really hope there’s a hidden agenda that will fill in these glaring blanks …or, space for one more in the draft room next year.

  27. By in fitz we trust on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I will never forget the hyphens overtime screen play to beat the cowboys. Or better yet, when he returned one on an opening kickoff and won some fan a new house!! Can’t forget when he ran all over Atlanta and gained me roughly 20 fantasy points.

    can’t wait too see who we take tomorrow, hopefully a tackle.

  28. By cardsalltheway on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    “pass on Te’o chance ”

    Some fans support Keim’s passing on Te’o by attacking his(Te’o) character and then turn a blind eye on Honey Badger’s. It’s funny!

    I hope Minter and TM the best, but…?

  29. By ored on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    nice feel good story,hope it works that way,still need te,rb,safety,and pass rusher.the extra 4th gives some wiggle room to be creative,although i would say the mathieu pick already qualifys.if his play translates to the nfl he could be a difference maker.

    it’s hard seeing players you really wanted go, elsewhere,but that also works that way for everyone,you just have to do the best you can and realize everyone else is also-there can be only one,so that’s part of the excitement.

    if we can improve the team overall then next year concentrate on making weak areas our strength,maybe then we have the flexibility to trade up for that really special player.

    i wish we could have grabbed one of the top te’s,but a run on the rb’s has’nt started yet,so maybe there we can uncover someone special.or take a shot at the english discus thrower,he has enthusiasm,see if we can coach him up.

  30. By Campbells on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Like our picks, so far.
    Minter is a question mark, but his LSU affiliation may lead to the “Three Amigos” pushing each other.
    Glad we stayed away from QB. Better to find a franchise QB next year.
    RB would’ve been good. Our backs have been too injury prone.
    Looking forward to tomorrow.

  31. By joe 67 on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Had high hopes after first. Now, just totally disappointed. Small, slow ILB, and a third that may not ever make it to camp. Well at lest we will be a solid fourth place in div. Hopefully we will be a little more exciting and maybe even end up with 6 wins, but not so sure about the 6 wins. Better pull some rabbits out of the hat tomorrow.Sure hate to be so negative…….but man……….what are we thinking.

  32. By arizonayes! on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Minter and Mathieu are two players that come from a winning team. championship caliber. These guys have a winning mentality and that is something the cardinals desperately need.

  33. By JustWow on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    @cardinalchris – You point to the Florida game as an indictment against Minter… are you absolutely high?! Minter recorded 20 (TWENTY!!) tackles that game, 17 solo and had 2 sacks! Florida won 14-6, but that certainly has nothing to do with the monster game Minter put up. Watch the national championship and watch Te’o get abused over and over and over. He looked like a YAFL player against SEC competition.

    You’re clearly a Te’o fanboy. Get your stats right!

  34. By ored on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    easy picks are done,now we see who’s scouting stands out,more small school players and players on big conf.teams that were buried behind big name guys.teams will also start taking more chances on players coming off injury.

  35. By Coach Kevin on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Great opportunity in round four. Alex Okafor with pick #103 and then David Bakhtiari with pick #110. I hope the Cards can get these two guys.

  36. By Cards Season Ticket Holder on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Offensive Tackles was our main concern this year, and has been a need for years. I trust our coaching abilities but I would like to see us get some Oline “depth” in the 4th and 5th round.
    Go Redbirds !!!

  37. By Jason on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Curious why everyone thanks Te’o was a better pick than Minter? I wasn’t that high on the pick because I feel like an edge rusher like Collins or Moore would’ve a better pick, but if we were going to take a ILB I’m good with Minter. Not down on Te’o just think Minter will be better pro. Another name that came up was Arthur Brown…a player I like but this guy is really small. His natural playing weight is 225ish but he makes up for that with his athleticism. We already have a guy like that playing inside for us, Daryl Washington, I’d say Arthur Brown is a poor mans Washington. Finally, Tyrann…was kind of scratching my head after this pick. I love the playmaking ability he has, this guy is a special football player! We focused on ILB and CB in free agency so picking a ILB and CB in day 2 was confusing….then I heard he’ll play FS and I feel giddy about that proposition. He is smallish but he plays WAY bigger than his measurables.

  38. By Mike Ellingboe on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply


    Watch Florida run at Minter? Watch Alabama blast through Teo like a hurricane hitting a coast line.

  39. By Mike Ellingboe on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply


    Honey badgers are unusually tough and aggressive, especially for their size. Hence the nickname.

  40. By William Barry on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I think our draft has been superior…

    1, for once, we are doing some trading up and down. (getting two extra picks this year)

    2. We need an attitude on this team, earlier commenter said the same, yes Mathieu has some baggage, but he his one of the most instinctive players from LSU…He plays with an attitude which the cardinals need. Also Matthieu can return punts and has a 15 yard average. We pick up an extra 4th round pick in Watford, one of the best G in the draft for a 1-division team. Minter will be a better player than Teo. He had 130 tackles, wow!!!!!!and Okafor has a really good pass rush, which we need, since Dockett may be slowing down.

    3. Yes, as the earlier commenter said, Roberts had a great year, but we could use some more explosiveness in our offense.

  41. By Mike Ellingboe on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply


    Appreciate the reference to Minter’s performance in the Florida game, I hadn’t watched it before, but that was some of the best film I’ve seen from last season, for anyone at any position. I originally thought he’d be good for depth, but now I’m thinking Brinkley may have his hands full at camp trying to beat this kid out. Very, very impressive against some of the best competition in the country.


    What could you have been watching in that game? It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a LB take on OL’s that well, he perfectly timed two inside blitzes (granted, he got burned on the third), had a huge forced fumble, and as JustWow pointed out, an amazing number of unassisted tackles. Did Florida have some good plays against him? Of course, but in judging his overall performance it would be hard to say anyone had a better game than he did.

    Great fit on the strong side of a 3-4 alignment. He and DWash will be monsters, will go so far as to say this really closes the gap between us and what SF puts on the field at that position – big statement, I know, but his showing against Florida was that good.

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