I was thinking of Luke Kuechly as the possible pick at #10 and started to wonder just how good this kid could be. I've read somewhere, I believe it was on Walter's Scouting reports that they compare Keuchly to a taller version of Zack Thomas. In fact that's a very flattering comparison for the kid because Thomas was one hell of a great middle linebacker during his career.
I wanted to see how his college career stacked up against Brian Urlacher's, who in my opinion is one of the best LBs ever to play the game. I don't think there would be many people that would argue that Brian Urlacher (who was drafted 9th overall in 2000) was worth every penny!
He's been to 8 Pro-Bowls and has been the Bears best player for over a decade.
It's really hard to find his college stats on Urlacher but I managed to find some... Funny thing during my search I was very surprised to learn that he used to play WR and DB !
Urlacher was 6'4" 258lbs
40y in 4:59
Vertical jump 34"
20y shuttle in 4:18
Bench Press: 27 reps
178 tackles as a JR
154 tackles as a SR
Kuechly is 6'3" 237lbs (with a frame that could add some muscle mass)
40y in 4:58
Vertical jump 38"
20y shuttle in 4:12
Bench Press: 27 reps
158 tackles as a FR
183 tackles as a SO
191 tackles as a JR
When asked the other day, Nix responded that he thinks Kuechly could play all 3 LB positions in our defense and most scouts believe that he is a 3-down linebacker, so that to me was a big revelation. I think we just saw a glimpse into what he might do next Thursday.
Kuechly is being called on of the best instinctual linebackers to come out in a long time. He's a tackling machine with a nose for the ball. He's athletic enough to play all 3 positions and can play 3 all three downs.
I'm thinking that Keuchly is closer to Urlacher than Thomas. Eitherway, that my friends is a difference maker at the linebacker position, something we haven't seen around here in a very long time!
I'll be the first to admit that I think we need a LT but I also believe strongly in taking the BPA and after looking at Kuechly more closely, I've convinced myself that he is a far superior player at #10 than any of the OT options (outside of Kalil of course). I would be ecstatic next Thursday if the commissioner comes up to the podium and announces that with the 10th overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills take Luke Kuechly, Linebacker Boston College.