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A little background on AJ Klein...

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I was skimming through Sports Illustrated today and came across an article that listed the top 10 draft prospects that will go in day 3 but deserve to go higher (obviously, this was written before the draft).

 

Barner (listed as #1) and Klein were 2 of the 10 listed.

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Have you always been a Panthers fan or are you now a Panthers fan because of Klein?

 

Sidenote: I'm not trying to say anything, just purely curious because it says you're new. 

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Have you always been a Panthers fan or are you now a Panthers fan because of Klein?

 

Sidenote: I'm not trying to say anything, just purely curious because it says you're new. 

 

To be completely honest I'm a Bills fan and a Carolina fan.  I grew up being a Bills fan due to Bruce Smith, Jim Kelly, and Thurman Thomas.  Then the Carolina Panthers became a team and since my sister lives in Charlotte I've been able to go to a couple of games and have been rooting for them ever since.  Being in different divisions is a blessing, but I honestly don't know who I'll root for on September 15th!!!

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To be completely honest I'm a Bills fan and a Carolina fan.  I grew up being a Bills fan due to Bruce Smith, Jim Kelly, and Thurman Thomas.  Then the Carolina Panthers became a team and since my sister lives in Charlotte I've been able to go to a couple of games and have been rooting for them ever since.  Being in different divisions is a blessing, but I honestly don't know who I'll root for on September 15th!!!

 

the arrow is pointing up for the Panthers..  I'm not so sure Buffalo even has an arrow.  I think it was sold on ebay to the lowest bidder.

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My friends are Cylcone fans, so I end up watching a lot of games. I was actually pretty excited when we picked him.

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Was always a huge fan of the Fizer/Tinsley eras at ISU.

 

Welcome, and hope you stay on the board through the season!  Meaningful insight on the huddle is usually hard to come by.

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Is he Dan Connor?

 

Solid depth, but not quite fast enough to be a quality starter.

 

I will be stoked if that's the case, and if he can start, I will be happier than most have seen me on here.

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Lots of depth at LB. I feel veeeeery comfortable with the front 7 spots not just THE front 7.

 

this dude is gonna be a fuggin animal on ST's. . bet

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Iowa State fan here to give you guys a little bit of background info on AJ Klein.

I know a lot of you on here were questioning the pick up of AJ and I completely get it. I agree that the Panthers probably had other holes that needed to be filled, but I honestly think the Panthers thought AJ was the best available... and he very well may have been.

He was the rock of our LB'ing core for 3 years. As a sophmore he had 111 tackles, 116 as a junior, and 117 as a senior. Those are some pretty impressive numbers with the competition of the B12. He also had 5 INT's in his career, 4 of which he took to the house. He's got above average speed and he is very smart. I don't know that I ever saw him completely blow a coverage or take a bad route to the ball. Our special teams was weak for a couple years of his career so he filled in as a freshman and sophomore. Most of his sophomore year he played full time defense AND special teams. He was also co-defensive player of the B12.

He came out of Wisconsin and played with a chip on his shoulder at ISU because Wisconsin didn't offer him a scholarship. He went on to be one of the best LBers in the B12 and one of the best ever at ISU. Now people are questioning why he was taken and that just gives him something else as motivation.

Just so you guys know you got a hell of a teammate, a leader, and a workhorse. You may be questioning the pick now, but you'll get it come football season. This guy will give you everything he has, every play, whether it be on defense or special teams. You also now have about 45,000 Cyclone fans that will be cheering for the Panthers every Sunday.

I loved the pick.

I remember watching the Iowa State vs Oklahoma State game last year against Weeden and Blackmon. That was a big overtime upset game that took OSU out at a shot at the BCS Championship game. Klein was a guy that kept popping up in my eyes.

Im very glad we landed Klein and was so mad that we couldn't get Leonard Johnson who went undrafted to the Bucs and had 3ints in his rookie year. I was reasonably high of Johnson.

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