LSU Tigers linebacker Kevin Minter

LSU junior linebacker Kevin Minter announced yesterday that he would forgo his senior season and head to the NFL.

“It’s been an honor to play at LSU under Coach Les Miles and Coach (defensive coordinator John)  Chavis,” Minter said in a phone interview. “They helped me get where I am now. I’ll always bleed purple and gold.

“I was surprised at how fast it happened this year. I always knew I had the potential.”

Minter had a spectacular season finishing with 130 tackles and 4 sacks.

Minter said that he received a “third-round grade” that he was happy with.

“I had a third-round grade which is pretty good for a linebacker,” he said. “I’m happy with that. I worked my way up and I feel like I’m ready for the NFL. I made a promise to my mom I would get my degree.”

Minter leaving will add to the losses that the Tigers will have on the defensive side of the ball as defensive end Barkevious Mingo, defensive end Sam Montgomery, and safety Eric Reid are all expected to leave the Tigers also. There’s a possibility that the Tigers may also lose defensive tackle Bennie Logan and cornerback Tharold Simon.

Heading into next season, LSU will be weaker on the defensive side of the ball, or so they would like you to think. The Tigers always seem to find replacements for the guys they lose to the NFL, and sitting behind Mingo and Montgomery is most probably another top round draft pick.

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[UPDATE] 

LSU Tigers safety Eric Reid

LSU safety Eric Reid has also announced that he will be entering the NFL Draft

“I’ve been very fortunate and blessed to have been able to play football at LSU,” Reid said in a statement. “It was always my dream to go to LSU and play football.

“I want to thank Coach Miles and all of the people that played a role to get me to this point in my life. This was a very difficult decision because I always wanted to be a Tiger and I love LSU. But, after careful consideration and talking with my family, I feel like this is the right time to make this decision. I will always be a LSU Tiger.”

Reid didn’t divulge his draft grade, but is predicted to go as high as late first round or early second round.

[NOLA]

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