Kevin Minter over Te'o for Cardinals at ILB


The Arizona Cardinals could have selected inside linebacker Manti Te'o with the 38th pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Instead, they traded back to No. 45 and selected another inside linebacker, Kevin Minter of LSU.

Arizona needed help at the position after moving on from veteran starter Paris Lenon and one-time projected starter Stewart Bradley. Current starter Daryl Washington will serve a four-game suspension opening the 2013 season. Minter should compete for a starting job as a rookie.

The Cardinals still have a need at safety. The team could be in position to address that need with the 110th overall choice, a fourth-rounder acquired from San Diego in the aforementioned trade. The team also holds the 69th and 103rd choices.