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#1 Catalyst

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 05:50 AM

Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College



Not a flashy pick, but a solid football player. Not considered an "elite player" in the making, but neither were Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, Chad Greenway, or Jon Beason when they were coming out.

I really think you put this guy in at either OLB spot and he'll at minimum be a solid starting defender for the next 5-8 years and quite possibly a Pro Bowl caliber linebacker. He's currently projected right around 10-12, so taking him at 8-9 would by no means be a huge reach.

IMO, he's the best pick we could make outside of someone dropping to us unexpectedly. All the other players seem to have a much higher bust potential; Coples (takes plays off), Brockers (needs development + a reach at 8-9), Still (injuries), Jeffery (slow), Kirkpatrick (weed bust, not fast/agile enough to play CB?), etc.

Kuechly isn't as flashy as those guys, but you'll find very little wrong with his game. The dude can flat-out play football. He runs well, hits well, tackles well, and is solid in coverage (just check out all those INT's in the video). On top of that, you put him next to Beason and across from Anderson and it'd make him even better.

A linebacker corp. of Anderson-Beason-Kuechly would be absolutely sick, IMO. Again, by no means a "flashy" pick, but I have little doubt it wouldn't be one we'd find fault with 3-5 years down the road and I honestly can't say that about some of the other names I've been hearing.

Edited by Second City Panther, 28 January 2012 - 05:52 AM.


#2 Miaoww

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:14 AM

He's a bit of a grab and drag tackler and I want to see what he runs at the Combine, but yes I like Luke.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:37 AM

I'd like him too...if we needed a MLB. Everything I've read says he's pretty much limited to MLB in the NFL. Too slow for OLB. He reminds me of Dan Connor.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 07:02 AM

See, he reminds me more of a Chad Greenway type.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 07:44 AM

pass. he looks like my dad

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:02 AM

he's too slow for OLB. too limited to MLB. not good enough to take beason's place.

he's essentially maybe a better version of dan connor. we don't need to use our first round pick on a better backup.

pass.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:14 AM

Look like another Connor.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:54 AM

Look like another Connor.


I've said that a million times. No thanks, I'll pass.

You can't teach athleticism and quickness. I'm not even sure he will be a better version of Connor.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 09:03 AM

No LBs in the first. Unless its an Upshaw kind of LB

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 09:09 AM

i wouldn't hate zack brown. not my first choice, but he and maybe upshaw are the only 2 LBs i would really feel ok about at the 8/9 spot.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 09:14 AM

The only problem with Upshaw is he is much, much better suited for a 3-4. If we switched full time to it then I'd be okay, but don't think that is happening. He lacks coverage skills to be an every down 4-3 OLB.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 11:08 AM

The only problem with Upshaw is he is much, much better suited for a 3-4. If we switched full time to it then I'd be okay, but don't think that is happening. He lacks coverage skills to be an every down 4-3 OLB.

i would think we would use him as a joker LB pass rush specialist. i agree for the most part, though.

truthfully, if we were going to draft someone for the joker (which i am in favor of), i'd rather wait until the 2nd round (or 3rd if we can somehow manage to snag a pick there) and pick up bruce irvin. that kid is going to be a dynamo as long as he's given the freedom to pick and choose his spots and doesn't have to put his hand in the dirt.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 11:09 AM

HELL NO, Dan Connor 2.0

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 11:37 AM

lol. He's white so he must be Dan Connor. :jc:

Looks like a good prospect and will do great, as a MLB, somewhere.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 12:00 PM

i would think we would use him as a joker LB pass rush specialist. i agree for the most part, though.

truthfully, if we were going to draft someone for the joker (which i am in favor of), i'd rather wait until the 2nd round (or 3rd if we can somehow manage to snag a pick there) and pick up bruce irvin. that kid is going to be a dynamo as long as he's given the freedom to pick and choose his spots and doesn't have to put his hand in the dirt.


Yeah but at 8/9 why draft someone who doesn't fit our system and if he only will be a joker. If we are going to draft a 3-4 OLB at least draft someone like Ingram who is versatile enough to play multiple positions. I guess Upshaw could play DE but not good enough for the 8th pick.


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