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Beason says Panthers’ Kuechly was a safer pick than Luck or Griffin

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The safest pick in this year’s NFL draft was not Andrew Luck and was not Robert Griffin III. It was linebacker Luke Kuechly, who went ninth overall to the Panthers.

At least, that’s the case according to one of Kuechly’s new teammates, Panthers linebacker Jon Beason, who says that Luck and Griffin performing up to expectations as rookies will depend on their teammates, but that Kuechly is virtually guaranteed of stepping in and being ready to contribute immediately.

I thought he was the safest pick in the first round, more so than Luck or RGIII just because those guys . . . are going to need pieces around them,” Beason told the Charlotte Observer.

There are some injury questions with the pieces around Kuechly, which is one of the reasons the Panthers want Kuechly to be ready to play multiple positions. Beason thinks Kuechly will be up to that.

“He comes in, and great kid, smart kid. Really trying to learn anything,” he said. “It’s going to be interesting to see how we use him.”

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  1. lanjoith says: May 27, 2012 12:18 PM

    But both Luck and RGIII are going to be better QB’s than Cam so what’s you point Jon? I say it’s 50/50 if Cam Newton ever plays in a playoff game and I doubt he ever wins one.

  2. eaglesfan247 says: May 27, 2012 12:20 PM

    Well no DUH, he’s a LB! They’re QB’s… You’re a smart man Beason.

  3. playin2x says: May 27, 2012 12:21 PM

    I agree with Beason stating he was the safest pick, but A position of need is why the QBs luck and rg3 were taken before others… Obviously

  4. sirsupersouthern says: May 27, 2012 12:25 PM

    Bust

  5. rodgersrodgersheisking says: May 27, 2012 12:31 PM

    Not a chance Cam never wins a playoff game. I freely admit I thought he would be a bust, but I’m pleasantly surprised how well he played last year considering he was just a rookie coming out of that option offense.

    Kuechly played great at BC, he’ll really help to shore up the Panthers D and possibly give them a chance in the now ultra competitive NFC South (imo the most difficult division in football, with the Bucs new free agents, the Falcons and Saints being perennially good and now a good draft for the Patnthers.)

  6. wisccowboyfan says: May 27, 2012 12:34 PM

    Didn’t I hear they said that about Aaron Curry too? (I honestly don’t know for sure I just started following football in detail this past year or two..)

  7. cowboyhater says: May 27, 2012 12:39 PM

    They need pieces around him? I’ll put the pieces the skins have around RG3 up against the one’s in Carolina. If you think Steve Smith will have another year like he did last year, keep dreaming. Cam will have to carry that offense. You may want to look at the pieces on the skins roster, then I think you will change your story. They barely beat the John Beck led skins last year. Just be lucky you don’t play in the NFC East, because we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.

  8. trubroncfan07 says: May 27, 2012 12:48 PM

    Wow Beason is the new mouth piece for the league, he should sign with the Jets when he is up for a contract, he would fit right in.

  9. deehypno says: May 27, 2012 12:52 PM

    Can Beason just shut up! Lots of talk from an average LB at best.

  10. CKL says: May 27, 2012 12:54 PM

    Hey trubronco, you know what the weird thing is? The Panthers traded with the NYJ and with that pick, took Beason. Jets got Revis though.

  11. burnzido says: May 27, 2012 1:11 PM

    Jon Beason – “He comes in, and great kid, smart kid. Really trying to learn anything,” he said. “It’s going to be interesting to see how we use him.”
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    If he has to really try to learn “anything” you are in trouble. “Everything” would be more fitting.

    Im just gonna take a stab at this but I be the Panthers will be using him at LB……..just a hunch.

  12. hamcamnewton says: May 27, 2012 1:13 PM

    plus everyone saying that beason talks to much..

    .. these are answers to questions he was asked, you super smart individuals

  13. hamcamnewton says: May 27, 2012 1:15 PM

    jon is arguably the best mike lb in the game

    n before you dumb niner fans chime in about p willy, remember that bowman out played him last season

  14. southpaw79 says: May 27, 2012 1:22 PM

    So when is Fletcher and Freeney going to jump in a defend their QB’s from Beason’s insult? Beason may be right,but it could still hurt someone’s soft little feelings, right Beason?

  15. vekin1648 says: May 27, 2012 1:24 PM

    Jets got Reavis. Panthers got All Pro Ryan Kalil and three time Pro Bowler Jon Beasom. I’d take that any day.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: May 27, 2012 1:32 PM

    Safer pick than that toad they drafted first overall last year, for sure.

  17. dacapt704 says: May 27, 2012 1:35 PM

    lanjoith says: May 27, 2012 12:18 PM

    But both Luck and RGIII are going to be better QB’s than Cam so what’s you point Jon? I say it’s 50/50 if Cam Newton ever plays in a playoff game and I doubt he ever wins one.
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    Really?? What makes u think that? Sure the team was 6-10 but check the scores and you will see the team was in 13 of those games in the 4th qtr, losing many late in games after the opposing team scored….maybe if he didnt have the 26th ranked defense behind him the outcome of the season would have been different. Taking the LAST rated offense in 2010 to the 7th BEST in 2011 was no small feat my friend

    Its ok to talk junk to Beason but to knock Cam’s ability is foolish and discredits your knowledge as a football fan.

  18. nfloracle says: May 27, 2012 1:37 PM

    Beason needs to shut up until he can prove he can actually run anything other than his mouth this year.

  19. peytonsneck18 says: May 27, 2012 1:40 PM

    I think Beason needs to join the NFL concussion lawsuit, cause he’s out of his mind right now

  20. bosotomos says: May 27, 2012 1:45 PM

    CKL, that trade worked out great for the Panthers. They gave up the option at getting an all pro corner, but got an all pro LB and pro bowl Center (Kalil) in return.

    And deehypno, Beast was 2nd to Willis in DROY in 2007. All pro in 2008, pro bowl in 2009. When Thomas Davis went down in 2010, he voluntarily switched positions – which impacted his production – and was lost to an achilles tear in 2011. He’s on track physically to make a full return in 2012 at his best position. He’s easily a top 5 ILB in the league, and some would say top 2. He knows something about linebacker talent, so I wouldn’t be so quick to discount anything he says.

  21. chubbsmcgee says: May 27, 2012 1:52 PM

    @dhypno

    3x Pro Bowler 08, 09, 10
    2x All Pro 08, 09

    On IR 2011

    And you call that average? Dude, you’re just plain uninformed. Or ignorant. Or both.

  22. goldrush36 says: May 27, 2012 2:05 PM

    South the most difficult division in football? Pretty sure the NFC North and AFC North have something to say about that

  23. fafafuey says: May 27, 2012 2:10 PM

    NOTE::Beason said this BEFORE the draft in an interview.

  24. goldrush36 says: May 27, 2012 2:11 PM

    hamcamnewton says: May 27, 2012 1:15 PM

    jon is arguably the best mike lb in the game

    n before you dumb niner fans chime in about p willy, remember that bowman out played him last season

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    ROFLMAOGTFO

    Bowman shined because Willis was used in coverage about 50% more than ever before so maybe check your facts before you chime in. They BOTH were all pro linebackers. Ray Lewis is still better. Fletcher, Lofton, Lauranaitis, Urlacher, Cushing…… any of these names ring a bell? silly silly man you are

  25. jeziyo247 says: May 27, 2012 2:12 PM

    Of course you’ll say he’s a safer pick, he’s on your team. Panthers drafted for what they needed and QB was not on the list.

  26. moneymike23 says: May 27, 2012 2:14 PM

    Aaron Curry was also a safe pick at one time.

  27. joshsmith199065 says: May 27, 2012 2:45 PM

    “I’ll put the pieces the skins have around RG3 up against the one’s in Carolina.”Cam will have to carry that offense. You may want to look at the pieces on the skins roster, then I think you will change your story”.

    Lmfao, so you wouldn’t take the panthers rb’s and oline(trent williams is a future stud if proven to stay consistent) over the redskins? Pierre G needs to be prove he can be a true #1 wr. While Smith is a proven #1. Josh Morgan has been underutilized throughout his career. Skins fans( not all of them want S.Moss traded). Chris Cooley is injury prone. Fred Davis had 1 good year/pothead. Both teams secondary are mediocre besides Josh Wilson( who had a better season coverage wise than Hall). Gamble who was the better db on his team. Both teams have good LB core( carolina needs to stay healthy). Skins have a better Dline.

    “They barely beat the John Beck led skins last year.””

    So defeating the skins by 13 points is barely winning? That’s double digits, not single digits. How about we see which team has the better season? Deep conference and wouldn’t be in shock that neither team makes the playoffs Again.

  28. joshsmith199065 says: May 27, 2012 2:49 PM

    “If you think Steve Smith will have another year like he did last year, keep dreaming.”

    So you’re a magician who can see into the future? How the hell do you know what his or anybody season will be like? Because you can’t dummy. Players play and coaches coach to prove doubters like you wrong.

  29. joshsmith199065 says: May 27, 2012 2:59 PM

    The term “safer” pick is overuse so much. Nobody knows how each rookie will do in the nfl until they play on sundays to live up to the hype. I rather wait and see how each of them do before judging them without playing a single snap in the nfl. As we all know, a bad rookie year make players ( ask Gabbert, Eli Manning, etc) a bust. When we all shall wait until year 3 to really judge a player being a hit or miss.

  30. kenyonsupertramp says: May 27, 2012 3:27 PM

    Geln

  31. realnflmaster says: May 27, 2012 3:37 PM

    This guy talks a lot for playing 2 games a season.

  32. joshsmith199065 says: May 27, 2012 3:45 PM

    “This guy talks a lot for playing 2 games a season”.

    I thought he played in 1 game before tearing his achilles? Don’t mostly every nfl player talk a lot? It never ends as long his back up his talk with consistent play.

  33. goldrush36 says: May 27, 2012 3:50 PM

    And just to clear things up I’m not saying Beason isn’t a very good player. Just highlighting he stands out in a poor defense. While Willis has always stood out in a very good defense and Bowman is starting to shine. Lewis, Urlacher, and Cushing have all stood out in very good defenses as well and Lauranaitis shines in an extremely underrated Rams D that sent 11 total CB’s to the IR last year. Beason may still shine in a great defense, BUT he could also disappear and be average in one.

  34. joshsmith199065 says: May 27, 2012 3:51 PM

    “Aaron Curry was also a safe pick at one time”.

    Lol so was Reggie Bush, Ryan Leaf, Matt Leinart etc. It never ends unfortunately.

  35. joshsmith199065 says: May 27, 2012 4:11 PM

    “This guy talks a lot for playing 2 games a season”.

    2 games a season? Where are you getting your facts from? Played 16 games in 2007, 16 in 2008, 16 games in 2009, 16 games in 2010, 1 game(torn achilles) in 2011. That’s 65 straight games before his injury.

  36. pftfan says: May 27, 2012 5:07 PM

    vekin1648 says: May 27, 2012 1:24 PM

    Jets got Reavis. Panthers got All Pro Ryan Kalil and three time Pro Bowler Jon Beasom. I’d take that any day.

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    Jets also have All Pro Center Nick Mangold and All Pro LB David Harris (in addition to All Pro CB Darrelle Revis)…so I’d rather take that actually.

  37. chubbsmcgee says: May 27, 2012 5:39 PM

    @pftfan

    What vekin1648 was pointing out was the fact that when the Jets traded up to pick Revis, they gave the Panthers a 1st rounder and a 2nd with which the Panthers picked Beason and Ryan Kalil. Kalil is a 2011 All Pro and Beason has been an All Pro as well. So, the Panthers came out quite well on that trade. The Jets you mentioned came in separate drafts – his comment obviously flew over your head, bud.

  38. descendency says: May 27, 2012 5:43 PM

    “Safer” is a bad word to use.

    Most “safe” picks bust because they never amount to a good player. Take Aaron Curry for example. He’s well below average. Eugene Monroe, Jake Long (who is pretty good, but not #1 overall good), etc.

    Ultra high end guys sometimes don’t develop, but “safe” prospects rarely become more than role players.

  39. maximusprime107 says: May 27, 2012 5:55 PM

    What do you expect Beason to say about his teammate?

  40. numba1recx19 says: May 27, 2012 6:37 PM

    Why hatin on Cam? He’s gonna win a SB some day.

  41. 3000ft2glory says: May 27, 2012 10:56 PM

    Lol’ing at Redskins fans who are chirping abt all the wins that rookie qb will singlehandedly win them. He ain’t Cam Newton yet, fellas. Hell, he’s not even a starter yet.

  42. totallydisgusted says: May 27, 2012 10:56 PM

    Beason forgets that not too many people had Cam high on their draft board. This essentially made him a high risk pick. But the Panthers Needed a qb so they got him. Guess what? The Skins and Colts were in the same situation. The only difference is that the qb’s they picked were held in higher regard coming out of college the Cam. Out of all three qbs the Skins have more around RGIII than Panthers and Colts.

  43. finleye says: May 29, 2012 12:56 AM

    LOL at the skins fans trumpeting all the ‘weapons’ they’ve assembled around RGIII. Wouldnt expect anything less from the perennial offseason champs…

  44. panthersj says: May 29, 2012 5:47 PM

    HeyCowboyhater: you are wrong on so many levels!!How can you even compare the redskins and panthers? Barely won against beck? I was at that game and we absolutely dominated the redskins. The pieces around Cam are light years better than the pieces around RG3 because your team about sold their soul to get him. It will take time before the skins get to that level. Cleveland will make the playoffs before you..sorry to say. Also man you might want to look at your schedule because we do play the NFC east this year.

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