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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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TD insurance was needed but it was a reach in the first. We passed on Impact players to draft insurance for TD. Something Im not happy about.


He is probably the farthest thing from a reach. Try again. High floor and ceiling does not equal a reach just because you dont like LBs.
This pick makes perfect sense, we have no idea what we're getting back in either Davis or Beason.

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.


Yea the Panthers would be insane to have doubts about a guy with 3 ACL surgeries on the same knee. Oh god. Idiots.

Anyway, great pick. Urlacher type LB with high character as an extra. Will be a 10 year+ starter.

He is probably the farthest thing from a reach. Try again. High floor and ceiling does not equal a reach just because you dont like LBs.


Yep. Outside of the top 5 probably the safest pick in the draft.
Someone is going to be unhappy if everyone stays healthy. We let Connor walk but draft MLB in the first. Makes no since at all.

As Chris Harris has said. There are only 3 LB spots in a 4-3
Wonder w/this pick if they will put Davis back in as a saftey?
love this pick! now we just need to get Janoris Jenkins in the 2nd and our defense will be much improved

Someone is going to be unhappy if everyone stays healthy. We let Connor walk but draft MLB in the first. Makes no since at all.

As Chris Harris has said. There are only 3 LB spots in a 4-3


What does Chris Harris' opinion have anything to do with this? He's still mad he isn't one of our 2 safeties.

There may only be 3 STARTING positions in 4-3 but there are plenty of opportunities to fit good football players on the field. You can never have too many good football players.

Yea the Panthers would be insane to have doubts about a guy with 3 ACL surgeries on the same knee. Oh god. Idiots.

Anyway, great pick. Urlacher type LB with high character as an extra. Will be a 10 year+ starter.


I never said they shouldn't have doubts. A guy drafted #9 overall at such an easy transition position as LB should start day 1. With this selection they blatantly told TD he isn't a starter anymore. I've stated all along they should draft a contingency for if/when TD can't play any more. Zach Brown in the 2nd or Demario Davis in the 4th/5th were my favorites, but there are tons of options. Kuechly isn't a contingency, he's a straight up day 1 replacement. I think Kuechly is too good to be riding the bench, I have a high opinion of him. I just didn't think he fits what we need, because even if TD doesn't play a single snap ever again our LB corps of Anderson, Beason and whoever is still better than what we have at DT or CB aside from Gamble.

You should probably learn a little reading comprehension before calling people idiots.



i wish we could have traded down and got whitney but he went to houston... lol lol
Drafting dt last yr, this shows our picks we have faith in them. Not stepping on their toes is a testiment of our integrity to the younger players. I love this.
Althought I am not thrilled with this pick, I see an up-side to it. He can allow Davis and Beason to come along slowly by taking reps while they rest. Giving him the opportunity to learn both positions. If they all can play, they can stay fresh by rotating. If one gets dinged up, he can start.

From what I have heard both Beason and Davis have been cleared to resume football conditioning. With the season still five months away, this is an encouraging sign. They should both be close to full go by then. I would hope.

Although I am not enamored with this pick. Koochy is a Panther. So.... And GOOOOOOOO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The Special One
Apr 27 2012 01:07 AM

he tackles with his hands too damn much. Kid's got a lot to learn.


He had 532 career tackles (2nd all time) I think he is doin just fine........Think someone gotta teach you to respect talent
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two of the "experts" like the keuchly pick as their favorite of the 1st round.
Stop tripping out about the pick if you are. We've added a high character, high motor player with elite instincts and ability at the position. All that, 'he's not fast' talk is ridiculous. He's posted the highest 40 time in the combine of any of our potential starting LBs. Yes, bigger and faster than Beason who posted a 4.72 at 237. I love all of our LBs but if you don't think Kuechly has a chance to be as good(or better) as any of them then you don't really know who we just drafted.

The staff has already told LK that he will play every LB position and I'd assume they'd already told Beason the same. I'd expect to see them line up in all types of different positions and formations. Both players are dynamic and I can't wait to see the two on the field together.

As for Davis.. I just want to see that guy make it through a full season healthy. Kuechly takes a ton of pressure off of him and may help that goal become a reality. If you are expecting more than that I can't agree that train of thought is very realistic.

As for Anderson, I expect him to continue to be a solid player. He may end up being an odd man out, but I don't see how thats a concern right now. He's got the Sam locked down and is under contact through 2016. If anything its Davis who finds himself excepting a smaller role.

Welcome Luke.
dont worry everyone, were jsut committed to improving special teams, he can long snap. should help mare out alot with better snaps. SOOOO Excited!!!

lol but really, i love the pick. great LB and will start from day 1, allows t davis to come in on 3rd downs as a LB/S for blitz and mix defensive looks on front and secondary.
Well, after about 10 hours to stew and think on the pick, I've watched about every youtube highlight clip I could find trying to get myself excited about the pick. But I failed. Again, I'm not saying I don't think he'll be a good player. Just not a big enough impact on the defense to get me excited. Times like these it's good to be the kind of person that can just have faith. In Hurnivera we trust.

Unpopular opinion alert: I think DE is a bigger need than DT.

I do to except TD has been injured every year......cant just assume our lbs will be healthy or we will be the worst defense in the league again
Great pick IMO. He is a beast. Thank god we did not pick Coples who was widely expected to be our guy. I was thrilled not to hear Coples but Kuchely. Now we have the best LB and RB corps in the league. Perfect!!!

Never ever, since I have been have been a Panthers fan, have we picked a guy that I wanted months in advance of the draft. Not only wanted, but practically begged to get. I love Beason, and I hope he comes back ready to go. But Kuechly, he is a special player. I am so excited for this guy to be part of Panther Nation, I can't even explain. Those that aren't, give it time, you'll come around soon enough.


^My sentiments, exactly.
Kuechly is a great pick for us. I'm confident that they can address other needs on the team in the other rounds.

Just thinking back to when I didn't like the Beason pick....


I was like Who the fug is beason during that draft, now I'm like... nice....
I was so psyched about this pick! And then I came in here. Thanks for bringing me down guys, I really needed that...