With day two of the 2013 NFL Draft in the books, we take a look back at the moves made around the NFC West, starting with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals kicked off day two by trading down. They dealt the No. 38 overall pick to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for picks No. 40 (second-round) and No. 110 (fourth-round).
At No. 40, the Cardinals grabbed 6-foot, 246-pound linebacker Kevin Minter out of LSU. Minter earned All-SEC honors in 2012 and was named the team’s most valuable player, starting 13 games and recording 130 total tackles to go with 4.0 sacks.
Minter’s final season at LSU was his lone season as a full-time starter, but he should compete for a starting job in Arizona, where current starting linebacker Daryl Washington will open up 2013 by serving a four-game suspension.
After Minter, Arizona wasn’t finished nabbing the defensive talent out of LSU. With their third-round pick (No. 69 overall) they selected Tyrann Mathieu, the 5-foot-9, 186-pound “Honey Badger” of a cornerback. Mathieu earned the nickname at LSU for his small stature and tenacious play out of the defensive backfield.
Mathieu was dismissed from the Tigers back in August of 2012 for violations of team rules and did not play football in 2012. Now, he’ll have the opportunity to compete in the Cardinals’ secondary alongside former LSU product turned Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson.