STRENGTHS - Smart and instinctive, Minter is consistently able to read and react to the play fast. This is why he plays faster than his 40 time. Although he lacks great height, he is thickly built with very good playing strength. He is consistently effective taking on blockers, both OL and lead blockers, strong at the POA, flashes the ability to shed and make the tackle. When he stays over feet and wraps up his tackles he can deliver a hard blow to ball carrier while using good tackling technique. His quickness reading and reacting gives him better range to make tackles outside along the hash-marks in pursuit and helps him to constantly be around the ball on inside runs. Although he lacks explosiveness off the ball as a blitzer, he does flash good timing to shoot gaps and get backfield penetration on inside blitzes. Minter does a good job reading the QB/Pass, closes quickly on passes in front of him and flashes ability to make hard hit/tackle right after the catch.
WEAKNESSES - Minter is not a premier athlete and will be limited to being an in the box defender in the NFL. While he is effective playing passes in front of him, his stiffness and lack of speed will keep him from being consistently effective covering TE's/RB's in man coverage. He is not smooth or fluid dropping into coverage, struggles flipping hips to change directions and adjust. Despite flashing ability to take on and shed blocks quickly, he does not do it consistently enough and needs to get better at it if he wants to be productive in the NFL. Obviously, his lack of height leaves him vulnerable to being engulfed by bigger OL. He has a very bad habit of stopping his feet before attempting tackles and ends up diving/lunging too often, which leads to him missing tackles he should easily make.
SUMMARY - Minter is a player that is constantly around the ball on inside runs, but his overall play does not "wow" initially. He is the type of inside linebacker who grows on you because of his smarts, instincts, strength and consistent production. However, his lack of elite football quickness, flexibility and speed limit his ability to make plays outside of a small area. Overall, I do not believe Minter is a premier prospect, but if he improves his tackling I think he will be a good, productive starting inside linebacker in a 34 defense where his lack of athleticism is covered up a bit. He would also be a solid starting MLB in a 43 defense, but his lack of speed would hinder his overall production. I have a feeling that Minter could become a tough and competitive special teams player, but will have some limitations playing out in space. .