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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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I'll take it. He's the best LB in the draft and a very safe pick. Plus, he's not Quinton Coples.
Well if the last couple of years has taught us anything it's that you can't have too much quality LB depth. If we have 4 starting caliber LB's on the team I don't really think it is a huge problem. Odds are somebody will be injured at some point during the season and we will be glad to have some depth. That's assuming, of course, Davis ever plays again which isn't a given.
You guys are too obsessed with Davis and aren't realizing that he'll probably be better than Anderson on day 1 whether Davis is hurt or not.
I am just relieved, as I really thought they were going to go Coples, and he was about the only player (maybe along with Poe) that I didn't want.

Luke will not be on the bench. TD will likely be a part time player assuming the knee holds up at all.

We know he is a smart, talented, driven player. I can live with that.
Great player I just wonder how our LB corp is going to work as a whole. Oh well, in Rivera I trust.

Keekly



I think Kookly (?)

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


I know he CAN, as can Beason. But both are naturally middle linebackers, and I guarantee you both would rather play in their natural position.
Our beat writer said he'll play MLB and Beason will move to weakside
I hope Kuechly turns out to be a great blitzer, really could use that from the LBs.
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The Special One
Apr 26 2012 08:21 PM
Marty Hurney is always saying we're taking the best player available regardless of position. We just did that.

I think Kookly (?)


I thought Q-kly?
Posted this in the other thread, but it looks like folks migrated over here.

Just listened to the live press conference with Hurney and Rivera.

Short recap:
-Number 1 player on their board at 9; went BPA
-Like his versatility, think he can play all 3 linebacker spot
-Dodged questions about where he'd play. Rivera said, "We'll put the best players on the field."
-Asked Hurney about whether LB injuries were a factor in the pick, "Not at all."
-On possibility of trading back into 1st round, "Probably not"
-Liked his work ethic. 71 out of 71 players showed up. Wanted to make sure they got a guy who'd be number 72.
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The Special One
Apr 26 2012 08:23 PM

Our beat writer said he'll play MLB and Beason will move to weakside

Don't know about that. Luke can play all 3 LB positions. Hopefully Hurney will answer that question at the press conference (tomorrow?)

I know he CAN, as can Beason. But both are naturally middle linebackers, and I guarantee you both would rather play in their natural position.


If anything Kuechly's natural position is OLB seeing as how he was recruited as a S/OLB. He was moved to the mike in Boston and he succeeded. He may not have played the position in a while, but he wouldn't exactly be "out of position".
GREAT pick. We wil have several options at LB and I am sure Rivera will put the pieces in place to make it work. Both Beason and LK can play any LB position and it gives us great versatility.

Plus is fills one of our biggest needs

Can't stress enough how good a pick this was.
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The Special One
Apr 26 2012 08:23 PM

Posted this in the other thread, but it looks like folks migrated over here.

Just listened to the live press conference with Hurney and Rivera.

Short recap:
-Number 1 player on their board at 9; went BPA
-Like his versatility, think he can play all 3 linebacker spot
-Dodged questions about where he'd play. Rivera said, "We'll put the best players on the field."
-Asked Hurney about whether LB injuries were a factor in the pick, "Not at all."
-On possibility of trading back into 1st round, "Probably not"
-Liked his work ethic. 71 out of 71 players showed up. Wanted to make sure they got a guy who'd be number 72.

WTF?
Don't get me wrong I love Thomas Davis. I say it all the time, I wish absolutely nothing but the best for him. But the guy's career is done. If Kookly can place WLB, and we felt he was BPA then it's a great pick. I trust Hurney in the first, I doubt RR would have signed off on this if he didn't feel strong about him.
he is a decent prospect,but im not a fan.congrats and welcome luke.
I love the pick! As we learned from last year....the more line backers the better. Let's keep building that D!
It's pronounced Luke Keekly.

We now have the best LB core in the league.
Beason wont budge from MLB Luke will take Anderson or Davis If not healthy. Maybe a little 3-4 every now and then with all 4 out there hopefully.

WTF?

They had a live press conference like 15 minutes after the pick on Panthers.com.
I love all these folks who still don't like the pick. Our coaches did all their homework and picked the best guy in the draft on defense, He will be better than Dan Morgan and anchor our defense for years. One thing I hope is that this is not an admission that Beason isn't as far along as they need him to be. Hopefully they intend to have both of them on the field at the same time. I guess they have seen enough of Davis to know that if he comes back it will be a bonus not an expectation.

Best LB Corps in the NFL!

I'll take it!


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.
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