2012 NFL draft: Seahawks could land a star in Luke Kuechly
The Seattle Seahawks have had a successful off season with some key free agent signings including quarterback Matt Flynn.
Look for the Seahawks to continue to build for the future during the 2012 NFL draft as they will jump on LB, Luke Kuechly early.
The Seahawks are in desperate need for an inside linebacker and nothing sounds better than the top inside linebacker in the 2012 NFL draft.
Luke Kuechly of Boston College led the nation with 191 tackles during the 2011 season, averaging almost 16 tackles per game. The team finished with a 4-8 record and was only two tackles short of breaking the single-season tackle record. He did however break the single season tackles-per-game record with 15.9 (previously held by Rick Sherrod with a 15.6 average over a 10-game season).
Kuechly was only 13 tackles short of the NCAA record for a career with 532 and was the recipient of the 2011 Butkus Award, Lombardi Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
Mike Presley of The Penalty Flag has Kuechly headed to Philly;
Round 1, Pick 15: Luke Kuechly LB Boston College: This is an obvious need and is the best player available. The Eagles defense was bad last season and their line backing core was part of the reason. Now I know Andy Reid doesn’t like taking a linebacker in round one but that is what everyone said about Jerry Jones never taking an offensive lineman in the first round last April. If the Eagles want to get back to the playoffs, drafting Luke will help them do so.
Mel Kiper of ESPN in his second mock draft has Kuechly headed to the Kansas City Chiefs
Kiper writes, “In Romeo Crennel’s system, you have to find linebackers with great instincts who can be physical in the run game, make stops through the hole and get into the backfield. Kuechly is simply a machine, a prototype for what you want in an interior linebacker. He has exceptional instincts, and masks any questions of his speed by diagnosing the play faster than anybody out there. Can play a little high, but that’s just quibbling, as he takes few false steps. I can see the Chiefs looking for a nose tackle, but this slot might be a little high for great value there.”
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network states,
“I think he’s the best inside linebacker in this draft by far,” Mayock said of Kuechly on a conference call. “He’s a natural three-year junior, he’s got more production than you could ever imagine, he’s never been hurt, no significant injuries, he’s clean off the field, he’s got intelligent instincts, and he’s a better athlete than people think. I think people will say, ‘Oh, he’s an inside linebacker from Boston College so he can’t run.’ Well, he can run. I put on five or six tapes at least of this kid and every once in a while he’s going to get enveloped by a big body, but his instincts are so good, his ability to move under or over a block are so good, and his playmaking and instincts are so good. Think about Sean Lee (of the Dallas Cowboys), I think that’s the best comparison. Sean Lee went in the second round to Dallas but has become a Pro Bowl (caliber) inside linebacker, and I think this kid is very similar and has none of the knee issues that Sean had and is a slightly better athlete.”
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