Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:43 AM
i admit to being rather closed minded and parroting what i saw others say about him early on when he was seen as just another unathletic tackling machine white LB throwback. i didn't want him right away and i ridiculed the notion, esp. seeing that we were set at MLB having just signed beason to an extension and this was HIS defense. he was the heart and soul of it and he looked like he was pretty close to 100% and even at 80% he was still the beast. it made no sense to draft him esp. when we had such greater and more immediate needs, like DT.
that was well before the combine. i decided to look more at the kid just like i did others and challenge my own early perception. what i saw really impressed me. i saw a whole lot more than a tackling machine. i saw a machine and a leader who could do it all. many looked at the lack of sacks as a sign that he wasn't good as a pass rusher, but i saw it as the work he did on his side of the LoS allowed others to blitz and pass rush. he was the one that made it easier for the defense to take risks. he was that defenses security blanket. that dude was everywhere because he knew where the action was going to be. he was polished in many aspects, but what got me was his instinctiveness. then the combine came and he blew every stereotype about him being unathletic out of the way.
i saw him as being at least the second best defensive talent in the draft last year and thought he deserved to be in the top 5 picks...definitely top 10...but i still wanted us to draft someone else because, again, MLB wasn't a need. DT was. OL was. CB was. WR was. but not the MIKE. i thought, tho, that if we did draft him that it wouldn't be a bad pick because of how talented he was. i just wanted a DT. brockers was my favorite.
kuechly was the right pick and i don't mean just because beason wasn't healthy yet. but because of the talent he had as well as the potential he had to be great. he was an opportunity that couldn't be passed up because we had greater needs elsewhere and because he wasn't really someone who fit the modern day LB position and NFL as i and many thought early on.
point is, don't close your mind to any prospect or position. it may not be likely. it may go against conventional thought. it may not be what you deem as a need. but it may still be the right guy. kuechly was a safe pick. newton wasn't. kuechly was polished, newton wasn't. both had one thing in common, they were naturals and had a ton of potential.
i called newton early. i didn't kuechly. just because you are right about one guy one year doesn't make your opinion a special snowflake. we are all just throwing darts blindfolded. we may think we know who will succeed. we may think we know what direction the team is going to go. we may think we're smarter than all these morons in the huddle, but the truth is we are all on the same level. we are all blindfolded and guessing...some guessing may be a bit more educated than others, but the results are always the same.
if we hit the nail on the head, it was a lucky swing. more often than not we are wrong, so expect it and when it happens shrug it off. when we get lucky, don't get a big head, don't go out tooting your own horn, and don't go out rubbing people's noses in it because you just as easily could have been wrong and you will be wrong again. that is the only thing you can bank on.