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Carolina Panthers Select Luke Kuechly

Apr 26 2012 03:30 PM Zod Carolina Panthers
LB - Boston College

Read & React: Intelligent player who knows his keys and "feels" his way to the ball. Aggressiveness allows him to be fooled by those keys, like pulling guards, on misdirection and takes a false step forward on play action, but also recovers well and regularly sniffs out reverses and other trick plays to prevent big gains. Run defense: Constantly around the ball, fights traffic easily and steps into gaps instead of waiting for the ballcarriers. Tracks the ball to either sideline but needs perfect angles to beat NFL tailbacks to perimeter. Anchors and can stick bigger backs with lowered pads. Doesn't have elite size to stand up to NFL-caliber linemen, but regularly rips off blocks with strong hands and can make

plays even if initially knocked backward


Summary: Luke Kuechly has been one of the most productive players in college football, at any position, over the past two seasons. He set ACC and school records for career tackle totals with 532 stops. Even without a bowl game in 2011, he made 191 tackles with 12 tackles for a loss, three passes broken up and three interceptions. In 2010, Kuechly had 183 tackles (110 solo) with 10.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three interceptions.

Kuechly admittedly lacks special foot speed, but he makes up for it in instincts and intelligence. There is no doubt that he is a fabulous run defender who produces good down-and-distance situations for his defense. His read and reaction skills are top-notch. That allows him to get in position to make tackles near the line of scrimmage. Routinely, one would see Kuechly shed a block and make a tackle for a short gain.

Kuechly is extremely sound in pass defense. He does very well in zone coverage and is adept at reading quarterbacks' eyes. Kuechly has enough speed to get deep in his drops and cover more ground than one might think. While he was rarely called on to blitz, he showed some quality blitzing skills in limited opportunities.

Kuechly looks like one of the safest picks in the 2012 NFL Draft. He should be able to play immediately in the NFL, and before long, he could be one of the better run-defending linebackers in the NFL. Kuechly has the ability to play in a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense. Adding weight to help him fight off NFL blockers would be a good idea, especially if he were in a 3-4.





:: before

Wow, Keuchley!
I'm good with this nice job
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat :o
I'm not sure I like this pick...
Not excited
I think I'm gonna be sick. I'll be rooting for him, but man I don't feel good about this. They just told TD they have no faith in him. It's one thing to have no faith in your head and plan for the worst, it's another to blow a 1st on it and state it as flatly as they did.
inb4 Panthro whining.

Satisfied with the pick. Wasn't my first choice by far, but it definitely bolsters an injury depleted LB corps.
I like this pick.
Apr 26 2012 08:00 PM
Best LB Corps in the NFL!

I'll take it!
Just thinking back to when I didn't like the Beason pick....
Those who aren't happy with this, cheer up. Kuechly is a stud. Seriously. He's a beast. He's intelligent, fast, and a hard hitter. He has it all. Be happy.
I wasn't ecstatic until I saw this stat

In Luke Kuechly’s career, Boston College allowed 111 rushes of 10-plus yards, 3rd fewest in FBS.

That is a huge stat, proves Kuechly can stop the run because the defensive tackle's for BC have been garbage except for Raji.
Needed help/depth at LB, good pick.
I'm thinking a lot more 3-4 looks. Davis - Kuechly - Beason - Anderson. The only people who seem to hate the pick are on this board...I personally love it, although part of me wanted Cox.
He is a great, great player. However I'm a little disappointed we had our pick of every D lineman and passed. Gotta pick up some pass rush in the second
might end up like Beason a lot of people weren't excited when we drafted Jon..I trust Coach Rivera
Unbelievable. No me gusta. I guess either beason or Davis is done because rivera wanted a starter and we got no where else to put keek. Anderson beason keek your starting backer corps.
wasn't sure about cam...hope i'm wrong again.....wanted fletcher cox
I'm thinking a lot more 3-4 looks. Davis - Kuechly - Beason - Anderson. The only people who seem to hate the pick are on this board...I personally love it, although part of me wanted Cox.
Like I said before, I hope this pick means Davis is on his way out. I am going to be pissed if our first rounder is on the bench because we have too much hope in a guy we should've dropped this offseason.
Kuechly is also great in pass coverage.... look at the TE's in our division
We have an All Pro middle linebacker, so we draft another one at #9!?

One of them will have to play out of position and wont enjoy doing it. Ridiculous...
just glad it wasn't a DT or Coples...