Luke Kuechly, LB Boston College
|Result (NFL Combine)||Ranking (LB)|
- Possesses elite instincts
- Excellent at shedding blockers and getting to the football
- Amazing burst and overall athleticism
- Tall, long, and rangy
- Sure-handed tackler
- Minimal pass-rushing responsibilities while in college
Luke Kuechly was a tackling machine while he was at Boston College. He led the nation in tackles for the past two consecutive years, 183 his sophomore season and 191 his junior season! Kuechly possesses the instincts of elite linebackers and is able to sniff out plays left and right. He’s a sure-handed tackler and is incredible at shedding blocks to make his tackle. His incredible athleticism was put on display at the combine as briefly evidenced above. At 6’3” and with that kind of athleticism, he has the speed, range, and instincts to cover most tight ends, wide receivers (slot receivers), and runningbacks out there. The only question with Kuechly is his pass-rushing skills, as he was not asked to do much of that back in college.
If available, I have a strong hunch that he will be the #12 pick. He is as close to the real deal as any prospect in this draft, and would fill a hole vacated by the departure of David Hawthorne. With Kuechly at 6’ 3”, K.J. Wright at 6’ 4”, and a big punishing secondary behind them, imagine how hard it would be for opposing offenses to pass against us!
But because he is so talented, I believe that he will not be available by the time we pick at #12. Chances are very high that he will be picked before us. In that case, anyone could be the #12 pick. I would guess it’s Quinton Coples if Kuechly is gone.
Your thoughts and predictions for the draft?