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Instant-Impact Rookies article on NFL.com

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http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82a31496/article/trent-richardson-headlines-rookie-candidates-for-2013-top-100

Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina Panthers

Kuechly is one of the most decorated and productive linebackers in college football history, excelling in all aspects of the game. He is very quick to key, flow and fill against the run. He uses his hands well to get off blocks and is a solid, chest-up tackler. Against the pass, he is an explosive blitzer and has outstanding instincts and ball skills in coverage. Kuechly is going to stuff the stat sheet in 2012 and will have a very good shot at making the "Top 100" next year.

I've never seen must footage on Kueckly to name him an explosive blitzer. If this is true, it bodes well for us. He can blitz when not being a tackling machine. His football IQ is great according to pundits and Beason himself. I can't wait to see what he does on the field for sure. If he can intercept QB's and Blitz effectively besides being a tackling machine this year, he could be a candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Found interesting that they also have two other NFC south rookies that play for the same team. Doug Martin and Mark Barron.

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The Panthers did have him blitzing at the open practice but it was very light contact at half speed.

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Kuechly's got DROY, no doubt in my mind.

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Look for Kuechly to light up opposing offenses next season.

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10 of the 12 DRoYs since 2000 have been linebackers. the ones that weren't were peppers and suh, two insane instant impact d-line freaks.

i know it's early and all but it almost seems like the award is kuechly's to lose.

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I'd be fuggin pumped if he played that well. However, IMO we need all five of these guys to make an Instant impact or we miss the playoffs:

Silatolu

Kuech's

Norman

Adams

Alexander

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I'd be fuggin pumped if he played that well. However, IMO we need all five of these guys to make an Instant impact or we miss the playoffs:

Silatolu

Kuech's

Norman

Adams

Alexander

And Nortman!

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Yes I think I will be quite pissed if our drafted punter gets cut.

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I'd be fuggin pumped if he played that well. However, IMO we need all five of these guys to make an Instant impact or we miss the playoffs:

Silatolu

Kuech's

Norman

Adams

Alexander

I disagree. Alexander is going to be rotational, so any impact he has is going to be a bonus. Adams just has to field the punts and not fumble, and we still make the playoffs. If Silatolu plays like a rookie, we put Pollak in and still make the playoffs. Also, even if Kuechly doesn't make an immediate impact, we have 3 other starting caliber LBs in Davis, Beason and Anderson.

Really the only person on that list who needs to make an immediate impact for us to make a run at the playoffs, is Josh Norman in my opinion.

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I firmly believe this draft will go down as the best draft in franchise history, not counting Cam of course.

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I'd be fuggin pumped if he played that well. However, IMO we need all five of these guys to make an Instant impact or we miss the playoffs:

Silatolu

Kuech's

Norman

Adams

Alexander

I think we can make the playoffs if only Luke, Silatolu, and someone on the DL not named CJ steps up.

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I firmly believe this draft will go down as the best draft in franchise history, not counting Cam of course.

Meh I think we say that every year. Time will tell I guess.

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