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AJ Klein plays smart because he is smart. NFL Draft Zone interview

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Interviewer  Shaun DePasquale:

"Klein is everything you look for in a ‘backer, and is destined to be a future starter for the Carolina Panthers."

 

Perhaps DePasquale is right. Every time I look at Klein's videos on YT, I can't but help think that we got a steal on this guy in the 5th.  Sure he may not look as fluid as some (just my opinion), but he is instinctual and seems to be right in the middle of the play more times than not. With a little coaching and being amidst such a talented D-line and second level, his game should naturally evolve and blossom. I hope so anyway.

 

Here are a few more excepts:

 

SD: What do you feel are your strengths and things you may need to work on?

AJ: I feel that I am a disciplined player who plays fast and aggressive, but also with great technique. I think I separate myself when it comes to studying the game and preparation. I think that I need to work on man to man coverage, mainly because at Iowa state we didn’t play many man coverage’s and when we did I was usually blitzing.

 

AJ: While playing at Iowa State I played in a 4-3 scheme and actually have played all three positions sam, mike, and will with most experience at sam and mike. So I think for ease of transition I think I would fit best in a 4-3 scheme, but I would definitely not be opposed to playing in a 3-4. When it comes to picking a specific position I think I could adjust and play any position because I have already been exposed to all three

 

SD: What has been your greatest accomplishment, athletically or personally ?

AJ: My greatest accomplishment will be graduating from college next spring while maintaining a high gpa. I’m most proud of being a three-time first team all big 12 academic honoree. As well as earning two time first team all big 12 athletically and DPOY in 2011 and HM DPOY in 2012

 

SD: If you could have dinner with any 3 people, living or otherwise, who would they be and why?

AJ: Jesus, because it’s Jesus. Isaac Newton because I would just like to have a conversation with him and pick his mind. That guy from Man vs. Food because everything he eats looks amazing. Plain and simple.

 

 

Here's the rest.

 

"Jesus, because It's Jesus"

 

Here's to big things from A.J.`

 

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every freaking thing I hear about this kid makes me like him more and more.  What a fabulous pick.

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Wouldn't surprise me if he's our SAM in a year or two.

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I hope we do not need him to start this year but think we will see him sooner rather than later.

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I think he makes it easy to let Beason walk after this season.

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I think Beason stays and TD retires soon. After those three surgeries, his knee will only hold up for so long
 

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I think Beason stays and TD retires soon. After those three surgeries, his knee will only hold up for so long

 

Are you an Orthopaedist? Even if you were, I'd say that's just speculation, since everyone is different and you're certainly not his doc. At 30, he is our oldest LB, but Clay Matthews played until 40, so I'd like to see him get a few more years if he can get the job done.

 

Klein sounds like he may have been a real steal. If so, I'd say the team is in excellent shape at LB.

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but Clay Matthews played until 40

Say what?

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I think he meant "Simple and plain".

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Say what?

 

Clay Matthews II.  Clay Matthews III plays for the Packers.

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Klein is a stud.  I've heard people say that he doesn't look fluid or as quick as some of the linebackers taken earlier, but all the videos I've seen of him give me a different impression.  One day when Klein and Kuechly are both starters maybe we can dub them "the braintrust".

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I was very happy we drafted this guy, not many people were talking about LB depth but I ALWAYS have TD's knee in my mind EVERY time he makes a play lol.

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