Minter is expected to be available at the end of the first round.

Shorter than Te'o and Ogletree at 6-foot, 245 pounds with average 4.72 speed and a 34 1/2 inch vertical leap, Minter is instinctive, tough and productive. He consistently defeats blocks and is a sound tackler and blitzer with 206 career tackles, 18.5 for losses and five sacks.

Is Minter just a two-down linebacker with strong intangibles? Or is he talented enough for the Ravens to plug in and play right away?

"Minter is a great fit for Baltimore," Lande said. "He's not a great athlete, but he's a physical, aggressive player who violently takes on blocks and makes a bunch of tackles."

The Ravens' options beyond the first round could include everyone from fast, undersized Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown, Florida's Jon Bostic, Oregon's Kiko Alonso, North Carolina's Kevin Reddick and Rutgers' Steve Beauharnais.

A transfer from the University of Miami, Brown is a true sideline-to-sideline defender who made tackles all over the field to pile up 218 tackles for his career. However, he has trouble keeping on weight.

"Brown reminds me of Ray coming out of Miami because he's 225 to 230 pounds and he can run," Lande said. "He's a great athlete with a nose for the ball."

NFL draft: Top Inside linebackers


1. Alec Ogletree;Georgia;6-2 244

2. Manti Te'o;Notre Dame;6-1 243

3. Kevin Minter;LSU;6-0 245

4. Arthur Brown;Kansas State;6-0 236

5. Kiko Alonso;Oregon;6-3 236