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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


http://www.cbssports...players/1664814

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.


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KEEK-Lee

hoping for Josh robinson in 2nd or Still then hope Dwight Jones in the 4th(damn right Im homering it up)
Here is some perspective for you guys.

Darin Gantt @daringantt

I don't want to get caught up in hyperbole, but the Panthers may have just drafted Urlacher.


fug my life.
Horrible Pick.
Im appalled.
really hoping for Trumaine Johnson, Janoris Jenkins, or a solid DE in the second

fug my life.
Horrible Pick.
Im appalled.


I am so disappointed in you.

You are better than this.

fug my life.
Horrible Pick.
Im appalled.


Suck it up, it was a great pick. We can pick up defensive ends and corners up and down the draft. The difference between Kuechly and the next guy is a much bigger drop off than it is at DE. DT, or corner. The draft isn't over.

Everyone has forgotten how bad our linebackers were last year.......

We damn well better. I'm pretty sure no other team has three 1st round picks and a 3rd round pick as their top 4 LB corps.



And our RB corp has 2 #1s aw well. Posted Image
I love the Kuechly pick. He will be an All pro LB
we keep stacking talent at low impact easy to fill positions
maybe we should add a RB in the 2nd

blehhhhh



no pressure on the QB, secondary can't cover anyone but hey, our LBers are gonna be BEAST!!!

Carolina Panthers @Panthers
Luke Kuechly told reporters that he is most comfortable at inside linebacker.

Suck it up, it was a great pick. We can pick up defensive ends and corners up and down the draft. The difference between Kuechly and the next guy is a much bigger drop off than it is at DE. DT, or corner. The draft isn't over.

Everyone has forgotten how bad our linebackers were last year.......


Im comin to break your knee caps.
This iS YOUR FAULT :P

we keep stacking talent at low impact easy to fill positions
maybe we should add a RB in the 2nd

blehhhhh



no pressure on the QB, secondary can't cover anyone but hey, our LBers are gonna be BEAST!!!



what... LBs are not Low impact... and we can still get some defensive backs!
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The Special One
Apr 26 2012 08:38 PM

They had a live press conference like 15 minutes after the pick on Panthers.com.

Damn I missed it.
compared to DLine yeah they are

pass rushers should be top priority
cornerbacks after that


those are the big impact guys. plus you can find an olb easy as hell in the middle rounds or a cheap FA


this is right in line with spending 2 first round picks on RBs. don't think he'll be a bust but it's just a stupid way to build a team.


Jesus.
This had damn well better mean we get a corner in the second.

Im comin to break your knee caps.
This iS YOUR FAULT :P


Yeah you know that Rivera listens to me, LOL......
Linebacker was the weakest unit last year and Davis has started 9 games in two years. I want Davis to come back 100% but it does not hurt to have a guy who can play on day one.
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Hairless Cat
Apr 26 2012 08:40 PM

This kid is an amazing pick for us and NO he will not be sitting on the bench period. He is one of the best coverage LB's to come out, one of the best tacklers I have seen come out period. We just got a probowler


except theres not going to be any more probowls
loL Jets Suck
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CardiacCats
Apr 26 2012 08:41 PM
vinny curry in the 2nd?
I'm more hyped about this pick than anyone else we could have chosen. We got an incredible LB crew. With Beason and Davis coming off of ACL injuries (notably Davis' 3rd) we have sured up the LB position. Beason, Kuechly, Anderson will be the future, and our 3-4 packages will be nasty. With others coming off of injuries alone, and our youth gaining experience, our defense will already be that much better.
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Hairless Cat
Apr 26 2012 08:44 PM
Please guys we just picked the best all round linebacker in this years draft


Welcome Mr Kuechly - now please get to work