2013 NFL mock draft: Kevin Minter to Baltimore Ravens

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The tough task of replacing Ray Lewis begins.

It's been a crazy off-season for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, highlighted by a massive contract for Joe Flacco and the exodus of two all-time great defenders in Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. Add in the free agent defection of Dannell Ellerbe - considered by many to become the top inside linebacker after Lewis' retirement - and the Ravens have a pretty clear need at linebacker.

Team Player Position Height Weight Class
32. Baltimore Ravens Kevin Minter, LSU LB 6'0" 246 JR

Bruce Raffel: "The Ravens addressed some of their needs from losing six defensive starters but the inside linebacker position remains to be solved. The retirement of Ray Lewis and loss of Dannell Ellerbe to the Dolphins in free agency leaves the team with a committee of backups. There is still a possibility of GM Ozzie Newsome signing a veteran, but LSU's Minter is arguably the best inside 'backer in the draft and plays in the NFL minor league, the SEC. He is tough against the run, athletic but perhaps not as quick laterally or in coverage, but behind a solid defensive line and in front of a veteran secondary, can learn on the go and contribute right off the bat as a rookie."

Here's our own Dan Kadar to break down the pick:

There are few more obvious needs in the draft this year than middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. It might just be a matter of whether they like Minter or Manti Te’o better. Of course, that’s also assuming he doesn’t trade this pick. Reports have been that the Ravens may use Courtney Upshaw inside with Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs on the outside. If that’s the case, a better coverage linebacker would be needed. With that in mind, Te’o might be the better choice. He’s not a great coverage linebacker, but he’s better than Minter. It may give even more credence to Baltimore moving up for Alec Olgetree if he slips. Minter is a solid run stopper, though, and a strong tackler.

That's a wrap on the first round of our mock draft. The second round begins tomorrow morning at 9AM sharp, with the Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles set to make their picks throughout the day.

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
22 Damontre Moore OLB Texas A&M 6'5" 250
27 Barrett Jones C Alabama 6'4" 305
29 Manti Te'o LB Notre Dame 6'1" 241
32 Khaseem Greene LB Rutgers 6'1" 241
33 Jamie Collins LB Southern Miss 6'3" 250

2013 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

No. Team Player Pos. College
1 Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Geno Smith QB West Virginia
3 Oakland Raiders Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
4 Philadelphia Eagles Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
5 Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
6 Cleveland Browns Dion Jordan OLB Oregon
7 Arizona Cardinals Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU
8 Buffalo Bills Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
9 New York Jets Chance Warmack OG Alabama
10 Tennessee Titans Dee Milliner CB Alabama
11 San Diego Chargers Star Lotulelei DT Utah
12 Miami Dolphins Desmond Trufant CB Washington
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
14 Carolina Panthers Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
15 New Orleans Saints Alec Ogletree LB Georgia
16 St. Louis Rams Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
18 Dallas Cowboys Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina
19 New York Giants Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
20 Chicago Bears Arthur Brown LB Kansas State
21 Cincinnati Bengals Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
22 St. Louis Rams Jonathan Cyprien S Florida International
23 Minnesota Vikings Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
24 Indianapolis Colts Datone Jones DE UCLA
25 Minnesota Vikings Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
26 Green Bay Packers Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
27 Houston Texans DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson
28 Denver Broncos D.J. Fluker OT Alabama
29 New England Patriots Keenan Allen WR California
30 Atlanta Falcons Cornellius Carradine DE Florida State
31 San Francisco 49ers Jesse Williams DT Alabama
32 Baltimore Ravens Kevin Minter LB LSU
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