Peachtree Ridge's Minter taken by Arizona in NFL Draft

Kevin Minter became the first of what could be a handful of Gwinnett grads to be taken in this year's NFL Draft after hearing his name called during the second night of selections Friday.

The Peachtree Ridge grad and LSU linebacker was taken with the 45th overall pick in the second round by the Arizona Cardinals.

Minter was a first-team All-SEC pick and a second-team All-American choice after this past season as a redshirt junior. He left LSU with one season of eligibility remaining, but he already has a degree in sports management.

The 6-foot, 246-pounder was voted LSU's defensive MVP last season on a loaded defense that included three first-round picks in this year's draft. He had 130 tackles (fourth in LSU history and the most by a Tiger since 2002), a team-high 15 tackles for losses and four sacks. He had 19 tackles, a sack and two other tackles for losses in his final college game vs. Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Minter, who had 61 tackles as a sophomore, also was a finalist for last season's Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker.

Minter, a two-time All-State linebacker and three-time Daily Post All-County selection, is expected to fit in well in Arizona's 3-4 defensive scheme.

At least two other former Gwinnett standouts -- Central Gwinnett's Edmund Kugbila and Dewayne Cherrington -- are possibilities to hear their names called when the draft resumes with Rounds 3-7 today.