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Luke Kuechly - The Right Choice

Apr 27 2012 06:53 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
Two Words... Phillip Dillard

Who is that you ask? Most casual Panthers fans don't know. He was the backup middle linebacker to Jon Beason. Phillip Dillard, the 6'0 4th round draft pick of 2010 waived by the Giants and signed to the Panthers practice squad. If Beason went down this season again, Dillard was our guy. Yikes.

Put yourself in Hurney and Rivera's shoes. Yes, your interior DL is hurting, but you have two young prospects already taken in the third round last season. You also have a veteran coming back who did not play a down last season to rotate in and out with the young guys.

Now look at your LB needs. You have three terrific linebackers. Davis probably won't play a full season again due to three ACL injuries, I'm sorry to say. Beason is an all pro but coming off a torn achilles. His prognosis is good, but their are no guarantees. James Anderson is the only player on the squad that is a high level pro linebacker who stands a good chance of starting and finishing the season.

So on draft day this kid Luke Kuechly drops in your lap. He is the best LB in the draft. He played in a very similar LB scheme at Boston College. He is smart, very smart. He is also probably automatically the best cover LB on the squad in a division full of talented TE's. He can play in the middle, he can play in the outside. Hell, I bet he could play fullback. He can shore up a ton of questions marks going into the season.

In short, he gives the Panthers the most value at #9 than any other player on the board and we are lucky to have him.

They got it right.

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Anderson, beason, and kuechly. That's a strong fuging corps. Put Davis back at the joker on 3rd down to help the pass rush. Solid.


This exactly.

With Davis' knee issues, limit the snaps he takes and prolong his career.

If we are willing to move Beason from the middle, why not just keep Connor? And use this pick somewhere else like DE or CB.


Because Conner was just AVERAGE.
Offense has Superman...

Defense has Clark Kent.
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Hairless Cat
Apr 27 2012 08:25 AM
Kuechly is smarter than most of the people on this board -

Kuechly is smarter than most of the people on this board -


Absolutely. Anyone have his Wonderlic score?

Kuechly is smarter than most of the people on this board -


You act like that's impressive...

If we are willing to move Beason from the middle, why not just keep Connor? And use this pick somewhere else like DE or CB.


Because Connor got exposed as barely average overall and absolutely pitiful in coverage. Connor couldn't hold Keuchly's jock.

Kuechly is smarter than most of the people on this board -


Not exactly setting the bar high for him are we.....lol
Conner was nothing more than a run specialist with great instincts but athleticly limited...justifying why guys in underwear run around cones at the combine.

A guy productive in college but is subpar in measurables...drops from a first round pick to third where Hurney pounces on the fallen top graded players (Kalil, Jarrett, Brown, Conner)

Kuechley was incredible in college and destroyed the measurables with no offfield concerns...

LINEBACKER SWAG!
This is a pick that may make you scratch your head now. In 6 years you will look back on this moment fondly. Clearly the Panthers didn't like something about the other prospects on the board. I have to trust their judgement.
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Hairless Cat
Apr 27 2012 08:31 AM

You act like that's impressive...


just stating facts

You act like that's impressive...


http://www.nfl.com/c...chly?id=2533056

See those stars? That's impressive.
If he can cover the TE's we face, absolutely worth the pick.

http://www.nfl.com/c...chly?id=2533056

See those stars? That's impressive.


Dude is an athlete that's for sure... wtf does it take to get a star in bench press? 27 reps is damn impressive.

Dude is an athlete that's for sure... wtf does it take to get a star in bench press? 27 reps is damn impressive.


Not sure...probably either top 5 or top 10. Can't recall.

Not sure...probably either top 5 or top 10. Can't recall.


I just looked it up... out of the linebackers that lifted, 5 did more than 27 (the most was 36) and 2 did 27 as well. So strength wise, he's in the top 10 in his class too... with his speed that is very impressive.
dont like the pick, but i will accept it.bpa on defense i hope we can now get the bpa dl or Jenkins in the 2nd. with that being said our d would look better with another starter, and we got one.odd man out is TD.
i was so happy with this pick. can't wait to see this guy producing in a panthers jersey
Starting to like this pick more, just as long as we ****** a good DT or CB in the 2nd.

Edit: Honestly? We can't say s.natch?
lol
wonder if he can play safety.
Brown noser!

OK Marty, just get us a top notch DT, OT or CB with the 2nd and all is forgiven.

Also that Ruben Randle guy.........
i think the kid COULD BE a great pick.. but i looked at ALOT of his tape last night. most of his tackles were 5+ yards up the field. Not alot of pash rushing (but thats not what we got him for) I say put him in the middle. The big boys will pass rush on the edges and if someone does run up the middle, he will be there. Hes gonna need some work though. gotta get his aggression up.
Great against the run and can cover TE's. Nuff said.

just stating facts


http://www.nfl.com/c...chly?id=2533056

See those stars? That's impressive.


Neither of you picked up on my sarcasm? I was saying it's not impressive that he's smarter than people on this board because it's not hard to be smarter than dumb asshat level 99.