Found May 03, 2012 on Football Nation:
Although the 2012 NFL Draft is over, the analyzing is only beginning. Over the rest of this offseason, the next regular season and beyond, each team will be graded, evaluated and analyzed about their selections in the Draft and how those selections have fared in the NFL. This article is the first of many of those evaluations, as I grade each of the Carolina Panthers' 2012 draft picks. 1.9.9 LB Luke Kuechly: A With linebacker Dan Connor going to Dallas and linebacker Omar Gaither still unsigned, Carolina needed to strengthen their defense at the linebacker position. Carolina accomplished this goal by drafting one the best linebackers ever to play college football in Luke Kuechly. In 2009, Kuechly led the ACC and finished second in the ACC in solo tackles and total tackles with 87 and 157 respectively. In 2010 and 2011, Kuechly led the NCAA in solo tackles and total tackles with 110 and 183 respectively in 2010, and 102 and 191 respectively in 2011. In total Kuechly finished ...
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