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At first glance Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly may not look like an NFL linebacker, what with his curly black hair, wire rim glasses and unassuming demeanor.
Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani knows differently.
Spaziani says Kuechly ''looks like Clark Kent and plays like Superman.''
Carolina already has one Superman impersonator on offense in quarterback Cam Newton, but could certainly use a few more on the other side of the ball.
The Panthers injury-depleted defense surrendered 26.8 points per game last season and ranked 28th in the league overall. Kuechly, who led the nation in tackles the last two seasons, hopes to change all that.
Kuechly says he has tremendous respect for the team's veteran players but thinks he can ''make an impact'' for the Panthers right away.
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Luke Kuechly, LB Boston College
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Possesses elite instincts
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Amazing burst and overall athleticism...
CHARLOTTE, NC The Carolina Panthers just got a little smarter and nastier with the selection of Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday night.
In Kuechly, picked ninth overall, the Panthers get a certified tackling machine that combines big-time football intellect with big-time football athletic ability. Keuchly averaged 14 tackles...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Luke Kuechlys dad played soccer at Xavier, his little brother plays high school basketball in the Cincinnati area, and a few years ago, Luke was a lacrosse player getting feelers from colleges.
Luke even played some hoops back in the day, though his career ended in eighth grade because he couldnt shoot. Such a finessed skill isn't exactly required in Kuechlys...
The Carolina Panthers were thinking about trading down.
At least until Luke Kuechly was on the board.
The Panthers took the Boston College linebacker with the ninth overall pick, bypassing more glaring needs at other positions.
As was pointed out during ESPN’s coverage of the draft, last year the Carolina Panthers selected Cam Newton with the first overall pick, and after Newton’s amazing rookie year, Carolina feels it is being to figure things out on offense. Therefore, it only made sense that Carolina would begin to address needs on the defensive side of the ball this offseason.
Carolina did just...
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College This team needs O-line help and bad so they will look their but with one of the best players in the draft sitting in front they’ll address the defense. This defense has a hole in the middle that you can drive two busses through. They like [...]Thanks for reading. Justin’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft | 11-21 is a post...
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Earlier this month in my seven-round mock draft on the Carolina Panthers, I chose a linebacker from Boston College to take his talents to Charlotte with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
In that edition, I mentioned the Panthers were 24th or worse across the board in total defense, points allowed, against the run and against the pass last season...
9. Carolina Panthers-Luke Kuechly, LB Boston College-Great pick for the Panthers. He's a 3 down backer and like I said in my bold predictions earlier today, he's the next great NFL linebacker. No flaws in his game and unstoppable. LOVE IT!
10.Buffalo Bills-Stephon Gilmore, CB South Carolina-Nice safe pick here. Probably not the impact player in terms of stats that...
What will Minnesota do with the third pick overall? Will Mark Barron go higher than anyone expected? As the draft approaches, more rumors sprout. Which are true? Which are smokescreens? Below is how I see things shaking out in Mock Draft v4.0.
Here are the links to my previous mock drafts:
Mock Draft v1.0
Mock Draft v2.0
Mock Draft v3.0
1. Indianapolis Colts – QB Andrew Luck...