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Carolina Panthers select LB AJ Klein.

Apr 27 2013 01:44 PM ncguy2184 Carolina Panthers
Paired with outside linebacker Jake Knott, Klein made up half of arguably the top linebacker tandem in the nation over the past couple of seasons. Klein's terrific play didn't end in Ames, however. A solid performance at the East-West Shrine Game might have teams wondering if the highly instinctive playmaker can enjoy similar production in the NFL.
Klein was a three-star recruit out of Wisconsin, but didn't receive an offer from the Badgers and accepted a scholarship from the Cyclones.
After limited playing time as a freshman in 2009, he became a starter in 2010 and was quickly a standout, registering 111 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss and three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. He followed that up two more remarkably statistically-similar campaigns, averaging 116.5 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and another interception, each of which he returned for a score. Characterized by many throughout his career as lacking athleticism, Klein leaves Iowa State having tied the FBS record with four touchdowns scored off of interception returns.
Named a consensus All-Big 12 player in 2012 and the co-Defensive Player of the Year out of the conference (along with Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander) in 2011, Klein has proved himself to be among the more consistent and dependable linebackers in the country. While he may not possess the ideal timed speed or change of direction of his peers, he's fast on the field due to terrific instincts and effort.
As such, don't be among those "surprised" when his success continues in the NFL, even if he winds up being drafted later than his production would seem to warrant.

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This draft started out so promising too :thumbsd:
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carolina-chuck
Apr 27 2013 01:47 PM
Gettleman wasn't kidding when he said he feels comfortable at secondary
Special Teams...
No offense to this kid, and welcome to the Panthers family, but
WHAT THE fug IS UP WITH THIS PICK?!?!?!
It's the only one so far that makes absolutely no sense to me.

Wow, The Panthers probably disliked Rogers quite a bit. Other teams have skipped him too.


Rogers has major off the field issues. I don't think that he's even on the board.
could have picked rogers or rambo instead
Didn't see us drafting a linebacker, especially with the need at CB and safety. But good depth I suppose since we did lose a linebacker or two in off season.
Depth for our LB corps, especially since we still have two major injury risk starters.

Clearly we are happy with our secondary and clearly jr WILL NOT allow trouble makers


Yep, which would explain why Rambo and Rogers have been neglected.
LB depth was a need. Not wowed by the pick. Solid, smart player who could possibly step in if any of our LBs get hurt. Basically Dan Connor 2.0. (Not saying that because he's white but becaus eof what he means to the team.) Incredibly meh pick imo.

But that's just because I really want Rogers a ton haha.
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carolina-chuck
Apr 27 2013 01:48 PM

Clearly we are happy with our secondary and clearly jr WILL NOT allow trouble makers


Guess teams sees Rogers and Rambo as a problem bc the talents are there.
LMAO People are ready to give up on the team over a 5th round pick.
hrm. I dunno. I'm not surprised we took a LB this draft, but an ILB? We have 3 on the roster already with Beason able to slide back inside of something were to happen to Kuechly and Blackburn...
Long term picks.
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carolina-chuck
Apr 27 2013 01:48 PM

LB depth was a need. Not wowed by the pick. Incredibly meh. Solid, smart player who could possibly step in if any of our LBs get hurt. Basically Dan Connor 2.0. (Not saying that because he's white but becaus eof what he means to the team.)

But that's just because I really want Rogers a ton haha.


Roger will be our 6th rd
Guess cam is just gonna have to learn to throw himself the ball
Like the player but other than BPA, I don't like the pick one bit.
Helps with depth and special teams. Making our roster better top to bottom, no?
In the 5th round I am happy with anyone who can make the roster and contribute. He sounds like a solid player.
At least our first round was fuging beastly.

Rogers has major off the field issues. I don't think that he's even on the board.


I'm starting to believe that. The Patriots and Bengals freakin' ignored Rogers.
I like the pick. Not the biggest need but he is a pretty good player. Gives us great depth at the position and he can step into the starting lineup if need be.

Here is a little scouting report from him.

http://www.nationalf...ml&player=49659


SUMMARY - Klein first stood out during the East West Shrine Game practices as a very good athlete capable of running sideline to sideline to make plays. He has a perfect body for the middle linebacker position in the NFL, and he has much better movement skills than advertised. Athletically, he is capable of doing it all and will make for a very good pick by a team in the middle of the draft. With very good first step quickness and strong recognition skills, he locates the ball well and does a good job of getting to it. Teams will have to coach up his tackling ability as he has a bad habit of dropping his head and taking his eyes off of his target. He also can tackle too high and the combination leads to a lot of missed tackles. He also has a tendency to over-pursue a play and take himself out of the play by being too aggressive while out in space. He has great instincts and can decipher information quickly to sniff out run versus pass. He is a much better blitzer than pure pass rusher, as he doesn't bend well and is much better using his first step quickness to surprise offensive linemen and quarterbacks. Klein has a great feel for zone coverage and does a very good job of taking the right level of drop, keeping his eyes on the quarterback and closing on balls thrown in front of him. He displays a very good back pedal and can quickly get out of his pedal to make plays on the ball. He isn't a strong man coverage defender because he doesn't change direction well and tends to lose ground against speedier players. He is a leader, the kind of player you want in the middle of your defense because of his toughness, intelligence and desire to compete. Overall he warrants consideration in the early part of the third-round by any team looking for a leader type on their defense and special teams.

To hell with Cam Newton and the offense!
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carolina-chuck
Apr 27 2013 01:50 PM
ST player, added depth at LB, and a potential long term answer. Klein is a very very good LB.
Drafting UT in 1st, 3-4 DE in 2nd and 3-4 LB in 5th.... hmmm, switching to 3-4?