Draft Visit: DeMario Minter Analysis

The Vikings met with a versatile and improving defensive back Monday who could be a mid-round draft selection.

The Vikings met with cornerback DeMario Minter of Georgia on Monday.

Minter, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound player who might fit in at the NFL level as a cornerback or free safety, met with the Chargers at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, Kansas City at the Senior Bowl and St. Louis at the Combine. He came to the Combine looking to prove he was faster than people thought, he said.

Minter said at the Combine that he was hearing he'd be drafted early in the second round and that scouts liked his physical nature. But being the 17th-ranked cornerback in the draft, according to scout.com, means he probably will fall below the top half of the second round, maybe even into the second day.

Scout.com has Minter projected as a fourth-round value.

Minter was an all-state performer in track in at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga, but said he believes he has lost a little speed with the weight he gained in college. While he played at 195 pounds, he weighed in at the Combine at 190 in an attempt to regain his speed.

He has a 4.57 40-yard dash to his credit.


Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after 48/2/9 numbers. Junior totals included 51/0/10.

Pos: Explosive athlete displaying definite signs of progress the past two years. Fluid transitioning off the line, runs downfield with receivers and gets his head back around to make a play on the ball. Diagnoses the action, quickly breaks to the play and works hard in run support. Has a decisive move to the throw and plays with a good degree of explosion.

Neg: Choppy pedaling in reverse and not efficient. Slow reacting in man coverage and better facing the action.

Analysis: A solid athlete who makes football a priority, Minter is slowly developing a solid game. Offers starting possibilities as a zone cornerback or possibly free safety.

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