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Panthers select linebacker Kuechly at No. 9

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The Carolina Panthers made it clear before the draft that they would target productive college players capable of contributing in year one at the No. 9 overall pick. Despite some reports linking them to North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples, the Panthers used the selection on Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Kuechly’s addition will likely kick incumbent middle linebacker Jon Beason over to the weak side. An incredibly productive collegiate, Kuechly racked up 532 career tackles for the Eagles, including 35.5 tackles for a loss as a 38-game starter.

He also won the 2011 Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker.

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18 Responses to “Panthers select linebacker Kuechly at No. 9”
  1. amgdds says: Apr 26, 2012 9:00 PM

    YESSSSSS!

  2. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Apr 26, 2012 9:05 PM

    safe pick. smart pick. very little chance of bust potential. he will be a baller. half of these d-linemen will be journeymen or out of the nfl in a few years.

  3. vexey says: Apr 26, 2012 9:05 PM

    I like this pick. It’s a gamble, because our d-line was atrocious last year, but our linebacker corps was depleted with injuries to Beason and Davis (who might well be done after tearing his ACL again). I guess something turned them off to Coples; there were rumblings about his motor but it sounded like the standard pre-draft grumblings.

    It’s not an exciting pick, but it makes sense.

  4. gb4mn0 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:06 PM

    The vikequeefs blow!

  5. bcvv says: Apr 26, 2012 9:08 PM

    Panthers screw the Bills again. Last time it was Peppers

  6. fxws says: Apr 26, 2012 9:08 PM

    If Davis isn’t injured, you’re talking about a potentially great LB corps.

  7. pnthrz1 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:09 PM

    I like it! NFC South TEs, you’re on notice. This guy is fast and brings it.

  8. ncarolinarn7 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:11 PM

    As I get older I don’t follow college as close as I used to. Never heard of him but his stats are solid. Hope he clogs up the middle.

  9. loyalpanthersfan says: Apr 26, 2012 9:16 PM

    Wanted a corner but ill live with this one

  10. detroitcityryda says: Apr 26, 2012 9:34 PM

    Bust !

  11. tropboi11 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:45 PM

    This is going to be trouble for my Bucs, good pick Carolina

  12. rhinojr says: Apr 26, 2012 9:48 PM

    i dont get the pick – i think Panthers have more needs, but maybe they are going to 3-4 soon.

  13. nitzenbaum - not yer momma's 'skins fan says: Apr 26, 2012 9:52 PM

    He’ll be doing a lot of tackling on that weak run D.

  14. jump24man says: Apr 26, 2012 10:15 PM

    Whoopty Damn Do

  15. jmb795 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:21 PM

    Good take, Panthers.

  16. rjkilla says: Apr 27, 2012 2:23 AM

    fletcher cox would have been my pick but i can live with it(mainly because i have no choice) seems like a low risk high reward pick. lets get a DT or CB in the second

  17. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: Apr 27, 2012 11:18 AM

    BLEACHER REPORT graded this pick as a D

    Luke Kuechly, Inside Linebacker, Boston College

    The Panthers needed to go defense, but the smarter pick would have been Stephon Gilmore (CB, South Carolina) or a defensive tackle. The fact that they drafted an inside linebacker has us shaking our heads in the B/R war room.

    Kuechly is a good athlete, but the huge gap at defensive tackle won’t help this catch-and-tackle type linebacker who lacks the strength to take on blockers and make plays.

  18. finleye says: Apr 28, 2012 4:33 PM

    Kuechly should be an OLB to start off. Beason will be in the middle.

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