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Carolina Panthers select G Edmund Kugbila

Apr 27 2013 11:38 AM KillerKat Carolina Panthers
Kugbila was picked to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, but this wasn’t likely the most fortuitous selection in his family’s history. Kugliba’s parents Cletus and Lucy, won a visa lottery that allowed their family to move to the United States from Ghana. Kugbila and his family moved to the U.S. in 2000 when he was 10 years old. His younger brother Romauld, an Archer grad, is a freshman on the West Georgia football team. Edmund began playing football in the seventh grade. His size and talent attracted schools such as Alabama, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Florida, but a low SAT score prevented him from academically qualifying for a Division I school.


However, Kugbila has made the most of his time at Valdosta State. After playing in all 10 games in 2009 as a reserve, Kugbila started 10 games at tackle in the following season, and recorded the second most knockdown blocks on the team. In 2011, Kugbila moved to guard and played in all 10 games with eight starts. He was named all-conference and third team All-American. Kugbila finished his college career by helping Valdosta claim the national championship in 2012.

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Has anyone considered that he may be a candidate for RT? He's got the frame for it.

Has anyone considered that he may be a candidate for RT? He's got the frame for it.


Gettleman said he's a guard. They asked in the press conference if he'll play inside or outside and he was definitive in his answer.

Gettleman said he's a guard. They asked in the press conference if he'll play inside or outside and he was definitive in his answer.



he may not be quick enough...at one point he was 400 lbs before getting down to
320 or 330, whatever he is now.

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Well, no one has to start a nickname thread for him. Per an old highlight reel I found on YouTube, he's already called "The African Assassin" :blink:

Well, no one has to start a nickname thread for him. Per an old highlight reel I found on YouTube, he's already called "The African Assassin" :blink:


I LOVE that nickname.

I LOVE that nickname.


I'll love it if he lives up to it.
You should visit this guys twitter page.... He has a quote from Ray Lewis with his picture and then this

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Edmund Kugbila

@bigKUB_70


Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority-Vince Lombardi.
#Keeppounding #Panthernation
Interesting thread.
Here is why he was rated so low and picked so high. And why our pick is getting d's and f's from the national media.


2. He has all the tools, but he needs some work

3. Scouts didn't like him too much, coaches loved him. Seems like a hard worker


http://www.catscratchreader.com/2013/4/28/4278480/2013-nfl-draft-carolina-panthers-draft-reaction

The sites that rate players often speak with scouts digging for information. I imagine they rarely speak with coaches.

This is a pure potential pick. The possibility to have an elite G in 4 years and the possibility to have depth this year.

Still think it is a baffling pick.

You should visit this guys twitter page.... He has a quote from Ray Lewis with his picture and then this

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Edmund Kugbila

@bigKUB_70


Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority-Vince Lombardi.
#Keeppounding #Panthernation


Identifying with us already. Seems he's done a little research if he knows the "keep pounding" motto.
I just realized something: Kugbila is a Patriots type pick. They took Vollmer ahead of his predicted rounds, and he was a foreign import who was not invited to the combine. He was an after thought to their other picks, but became the best player of their class.

I just realized something: Kugbila is a Patriots type pick. They took Vollmer ahead of his predicted rounds, and he was a foreign import who was not invited to the combine. He was an after thought to their other picks, but became the best player of their class.


All about talent evaluation. Dude could be a D3 player and if he has all the tools can be turned into a good NFL player.
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CardiacCats
Apr 28 2013 01:27 PM
I keep warming up to this pick, wonder how long it is till he starts
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SZ James (banned)
Apr 28 2013 01:46 PM

Here is why he was rated so low and picked so high. And why our pick is getting d's and f's from the national media.




http://www.catscratchreader.com/2013/4/28/4278480/2013-nfl-draft-carolina-panthers-draft-reaction

The sites that rate players often speak with scouts digging for information. I imagine they rarely speak with coaches.

This is a pure potential pick. The possibility to have an elite G in 4 years and the possibility to have depth this year.

Still think it is a baffling pick.


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People who think he's starting should get a grip, Hangartner may suck physically, but he has knowledge of the playbook and the terminology in our system. Hangartner will start again, and Cam ends up on IR.

and Cam ends up on IR.


I hope you die and eat poo

People who think he's starting should get a grip, Hangartner may suck physically, but he has knowledge of the playbook and the terminology in our system. Hangartner will start again, and Cam ends up on IR.


I think this kid is better than you think he is, but i'll be surprised if we don't sign a decent guard before the season.

Chill out with the extremes.

I hope you die and eat poo

For telling the truth? If Cam doesn't get the protection he needs, he's going to end up on IR or injured for a long period of games. Are we going to act like Cam didn't almost break his ankle the last game of the year? Or that he came up limping many times during the season?
Kugbilla=Josh Norman 2013 for the huddle.


You all are truly delusional if you expect him to play good as a rookie from D2.
It would not surprise me if he is not on the team in 3 years.

It would not surprise me if he is not on the team in 3 years.


Someone needs a nappy nap.

People who think he's starting should get a grip, Hangartner may suck physically, but he has knowledge of the playbook and the terminology in our system. Hangartner will start again, and Cam ends up on IR.


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Something on Kugbila to note (per NFLDraftScout):

He was of course the only guy from Valdosta State drafted and there were 19 teams represented at that pro day. I feel a lot of teams were interested in him, including one with one of the most respected o-line coaches in the league...

New England Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia put Kugbila through his pro day workout. Kugbila also had a workout with the Carolina Panthers. He has visits scheduled with the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs. Kugbila was born in Ghana and lived there until he was 10 years old. The last player drafted out of Valdosta State was linebacker Artie Ulmer, who was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 1997 NFL Draft. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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Something on Kugbila to note (per NFLDraftScout):

He was of course the only guy from Valdosta State drafted and there were 19 teams represented at that pro day. I feel a lot of teams were interested in him, including one with one of the most respected o-line coaches in the league...


19 teams at a pro day for one draftable player is pretty good indication he was on more teams' radars than the media ever picked up on. I'll say it again, this reminds me very much of a Patriots-type pick. They were probably shocked to find him gone before their late round picks came up, as they aren't used to teams valuing linemen like they do.

People tend to forget one of the reasons Brady has been so successful is because he typically operates behind one of the best lines in all of football.
Kid was recruited by three major SEC schools - UGA, Florida and 'Bama, but didn't qualify due to academics. The football talent is there, or those schools wouldn't have paid any attention to him. We're not talking about him being looked at by local schools like GT, FIU, or The Citadel, and FWIW, Valdosta St. is one of (if not the top) D-II football program. I don't think he's going to step in like an All-Pro, but we draft players based on their football skills, not academia. The latter is the reason this kid didn't go to a prime-time D-I school and the former is the reason why he should be a solid pick.