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Luke Kuechly had a very good day

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Plenty of mock drafts have had Boston College’s Luke Kuechly as the first linebacker off the board and that doesn’t figure to change after his combine performance on Monday.

Kuechly, who left Boston College after his junior season, had a strong collegiate career but there were some concerns about whether he was a good enough athlete to excel at the professional level. He answered those doubts with strong results across the board that should solidify him in the top half of the first round come April.

Kuechly wound up with a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash and a 38-inch vertical leap, ranking third among linebackers in each metric, and was at or near the top of the position group in the other drills. There have been plenty of players over the years with strong game performance and weak combines as well as others who are workout wonders without the ability to back it up on game film. Kuechly showed scouts Monday that he ranks well in both things and that spells a high draft position.

The Eagles have been linked with Kuechly quite often with the 15th overall pick and he makes even more sense after Monday’s showing. The question now will be if he remains on the board that long.

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36 Responses to “Luke Kuechly had a very good day”
  1. Broncofanatic7 says: Feb 27, 2012 5:26 PM

    Going to be a beast…

  2. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 27, 2012 5:29 PM

    This kid as good a linebacking prospect as come along in years. Terrific athlete, off the charts intelligence and character. As impressive an all round prospect as anyone in the draft. Only his position works against him.

  3. nflfollower says: Feb 27, 2012 5:30 PM

    Why were there doubts about his athleticism?

  4. phillychzstk2012 says: Feb 27, 2012 5:32 PM

    MUCH more athletic and impressive than i thought. now if he can just make more tackles AT the line of scrimmage then he should have the ability to become one of the most complete ILBs there is in the NFL. job well done. definitely wont be upset if he ends up with my Eagles at 15 (hopefully he lasts that long).

  5. steveweiner says: Feb 27, 2012 5:35 PM

    Praying for Eagles to get him, a WR and DT with their top 3 picks in the first 2 rounds. I feel like they might get a FA MLB though, there are potentially a lot of good options out there right now, in which case I think they’d go FA MLB, 1st round DT, 2nd rd WR, and 2nd rd BPA.

  6. nineroutsider says: Feb 27, 2012 5:36 PM

    He’s way too big to be an Eagles LB; they prefer their LBs be built like smaller DBs.

  7. jdandcoke says: Feb 27, 2012 5:37 PM

    even the eagles should be abe to get this one right if he’s there when they pick. id love to have this guy on my team.

  8. freemantowilliams says: Feb 27, 2012 5:39 PM

    Don’t be surprised if my bucs take him at 5.

  9. tito20pr says: Feb 27, 2012 5:42 PM

    hope my team finally makes a pick that we want!

  10. whatnojets says: Feb 27, 2012 5:42 PM

    He’s going to become a New York Jet!

  11. philahitman says: Feb 27, 2012 5:43 PM

    These drills are perfect for Kuechly… they dont expose the fact he cant get off a block.

  12. philahitman says: Feb 27, 2012 5:45 PM

    Everyone drooling over him hasnt watched tape… he cant get off a block.

  13. We'reFineThere says: Feb 27, 2012 5:45 PM

    If the Eagles draft Kuechley and then maneuver to draft Mark Barron I will believe the Mayan calender is correct.

  14. steveweiner says: Feb 27, 2012 5:47 PM

    I’m getting more and more worried Eagles won’t have a shot at him at 15

  15. philahitman says: Feb 27, 2012 5:51 PM

    I pray the Eagles dont take this chump. He makes 3/4 of his tackles 5 yards past the line of scrimage and cant get off blocks.

  16. yelix says: Feb 27, 2012 5:58 PM

    He’ll probably either go 11th to KC or 15th to Philly. I see KC taking him if there isn’t a good RT available and they haven’t found one in free agency.

  17. kylewild says: Feb 27, 2012 6:01 PM

    The Bucs could really use this guy. Quincy Black is overrated and Geno Hayes is a backup. Him and Mason Foster could be a good ILB/OLB combo.

  18. sasquash20 says: Feb 27, 2012 6:27 PM

    I hope my Eagles draft him and sign a good MLB like Toullock. I know people say Kuechly can’t shed blocks, but how does someone be as productive as he was and not be able to shed blocks. He is 243 pounds, hes athletic, and he he is work out guy benching over 25 reps. That to me points to a good work ethic. His production dwarfs all others in college in recent years.

  19. samoanjungle says: Feb 27, 2012 6:30 PM

    Maybe he comes back home to Cincy @ 17

  20. bozosforall says: Feb 27, 2012 6:32 PM

    Great Ohio native football player. Congrats to Cincinnati for producing such a solid prospect.

  21. jenniferxxx says: Feb 27, 2012 6:47 PM

    “If the Eagles draft Kuechley and then maneuver to draft Mark Barron I will believe the Mayan calender is correct.”

    Don’t forget all the free agents … and the trade for RG3.

  22. kingjoe1 says: Feb 27, 2012 6:54 PM

    Dude has bust written all over him

  23. sasquash20 says: Feb 27, 2012 6:57 PM

    I just watched about 20 minutes of Kuechly on youtube. The people who say he can’t shed tackles are wrong. At least in college he was shedding tackles. There were times when he didn’t but from what I saw he shed blocks more then he didn’t without question. The people who say he makes all his tackles down field are wrong also. He makes plenty of plays at the line or even before the line of scrimmage. In fact in his 3 seasons at BC he had double digit tackles for a loss each season. He does make tackles down field but usually when a play is directed away from him and he covers half the field to make the play.

    The guy has a great motor, great work ethic, great instincts, and great leadership qualities. Does go a little high some times when tackling that can result in a missed tackle, but that is correctable with a high character guy like Kuechly. The team that drafts him should get a solid starting LB who may end up being an pro bowler/all pro. At the very least you will end up with a special teams stud. Safest pick at LB in the draft in my opinion.

  24. phillyphever says: Feb 27, 2012 6:58 PM

    Yeah…too bad he’s a lightweight. Hightower please.

  25. sasquash20 says: Feb 27, 2012 7:00 PM

    Also he played for a team that sucked defensively. I wonder how he would have looked on Bama or LSU where he wouldn’t have been game planned against as much. Just saying

  26. sasquash20 says: Feb 27, 2012 7:03 PM

    Hightower looks like a good player but he had tons of help on that defense. I would be happy with either one. Not saying Kuechly is better or worse, but don’t write this kid off because he only weighs 242. He is coming out a year early and with NFL trainers he could put another 5-10 lbs on without losing much speed and agility.

  27. jh500 says: Feb 27, 2012 7:06 PM

    Watch Philly do something stupid and draft somebody else.

  28. hoberkunce says: Feb 27, 2012 7:49 PM

    With Leroy Hill arrested again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Seahawks take Kuechly if he’s available at 12.

  29. dolphins4 says: Feb 27, 2012 8:56 PM

    Watch Andy and Howie screw this up.

  30. rolltide510 says: Feb 27, 2012 9:03 PM

    When you’re the only good player on a defense that can’t get off the field, you’re going to put up huge numbers.

    I also think drafting ILB’s in the first half of the first round is kind of crazy to be honest.

  31. portnoychunk says: Feb 27, 2012 9:19 PM

    bozosforall says: Feb 27, 2012 6:32 PM

    Great Ohio native football player. Congrats to Cincinnati for producing such a solid prospect.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Yes genius, we get it. Give credit to Ohio, because as a Jets fan, you hate all things Boston, including BC. I’m guessing from your posts you probably didn’t/don’t have a high enough IQ to go there. I give you too much credit, you likely didn’t finish 8th grade.

  32. portnoychunk says: Feb 27, 2012 9:21 PM

    philahitman says: Feb 27, 2012 5:51 PM

    I pray the Eagles dont take this chump. He makes 3/4 of his tackles 5 yards past the line of scrimage and cant get off blocks.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Not sure where you get your info. from, but this isn’t true. He had 12 tackles for loss. Offenses would scheme to avoid Luke because the BC defense was horrible besides him…meaning he would run across the field to make those tackles after 5 yards. Go preach stupid someplace else.

  33. mmcdan133 says: Feb 27, 2012 10:13 PM

    Unless one of the stud tackles slips, KC at 11 seems to be a fit. Put him inside with Derrick Johnson, with Tamba Hali and Justin Houston on the outside. Potentially pretty damn good linebacker group.

  34. kevinfromphilly says: Feb 28, 2012 12:55 PM

    “philahitman” must be Howie Rosman’s user name.

  35. philahitman says: Feb 29, 2012 10:20 AM

    If I were Howie Roseman the Eagles would have Jason Pierre-Paul or Carlos Dunlap instead of Brandon “Fragile Midget” Graham.

    I also like the guy who scouted Kuechly on Youtube highlight reels. hahahaha Mike Mamula had a great highlight reel and combine too. Highlight reels dont show a players flaws.

  36. oldbyrd says: Feb 29, 2012 12:05 PM

    Notgoing to happen. Reid has his eye on Mike Moriarity of Kentucky east central-West State a 6′–01/2″ Def Tackle @395# in the mold of Broderick Bunkley.

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