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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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274 Comments

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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. :huh:

5 of 9 1st round picks at the LB or RB position.
Hurney is truly an idiot.
We had our pick at DT.
*sigh*
A nice, safe pick though I suppose.
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CardiacCats
Apr 26 2012 08:04 PM
great pick!!! so glad we didn't go coples.
solid picks in the first, swing for fences later and BPA

can't argue with that logic
Not my first choice but he'll make the d better.
They did what they said. They took the best player. I'm happy.
Well I hope he is super man like CRA and P55 said. Hurney playing it safe once again.

Best LB Corps in the NFL!

I'll take it!

I was pissed at first then realized this. Awesome.

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...


Kuechy can easily slide to the outside. Do some research, good lord.
inb4zomgwearegointoa34defense

Seriously, how do you pronounce this dude's last name?
At least it wasn't Coples!
He's a very good player, he's going to be a stud.
Well...if Davis is done it'll be a good pick. If he is good to go then I don't understand it with Gilmore going one pick later. Hogan needs to perform at corner.
Are we all going to be happy if our first rounder is sitting on the bench? Im going to have to wait and see what we do with Davis before I get excited about this pick.
i wanted cox
Where's everyone that said we'd draft a DT?
What happened to "instant impact" I understand we have LB depth but I wanted Gilmore.

inb4zomgwearegointoa34defense

Seriously, how do you pronounce this dude's last name?


Keekly

Are we all going to be happy if our first rounder is sitting on the bench? Im going to have to wait and see what we do with Davis before I get excited about this pick.


It's sad that so many Panther fans still don't realize that John Fox isn't our head coach anymore...

really sad
I'm loving this pick!
I wholly trust RR when it comes to defense, he had his pick of players and chose Kuechly. Good enough for me.

What happened to "instant impact" I understand we have LB depth but I wanted Gilmore.


Hurney.... I thought playing safe left with Fox but I was wrong.
Let's go Kuechly!!!!
I don't hate the pick but really we only draft RB's and LBs in the first round, that's pretty rediculous.