A little research is your friend.
Kuechly played OLB his freshman season when Mark Herzlich was injured. He had 158 tackles that year....2nd in the nation in that category. He won all kinds of awards that year.
When Herzlich came back, they shifted him inside...where he has had 183 tackles as a Sophomore and 191 tackles as a Junior (All-American both years adn won EVERY LB award his Junior year).
At the combine, he showed excellent speed with a 4.58 40 and a 1.93 split. That speed and quickness showed that he definitely had the athleticism to play OLB in the NFL.
He is a guy that can play all 3 LB positions at a very high level. With the BIG ? about Davis, having him able to play OLB....and able to slide isnide to back-up Beason would be huge.
So YES....I could see him go in the top half of the 1st round.....and even to thePanthers.
Not only does he have the ability to play all three positions, he is a high-character leader. To suggest that Beason and/or Davis will return to form is a reach. Aside from these points, Kuechly is consistent and proven.
Some of the people bashing Kuechly are the same who were singing workout warrior Poe's praises, even though he was average in college games. They want to bring in Janoris Jenkins, dismissing the repeated drug violations as if they had some inside knowledge that he has reformed and mended his ways. They want Brockers, with his 10 games of a resume and conditioning concerns.
And for the person that said he is always around the plays but never really causing them: What?