Draft Reaction: Carolina selects LB Luke Kuechly
Luke Kuechly was a top five player on my draft board. And then when you allow for the fact that the linebacker position isn’t valued as one of the top four or five “need” positions, nine seems like a perfect draft spot for him. It’s unfortunate for the Buffalo Bills, who had likely locked on Kuechly at no. 10, but the Panthers made a heck of a pick to solidify the middle of their defense.
He will be to the defensive side of the ball what Cam Newton was to the offensive side. And like the Bucs with Mark Barron, these premier defensive additions change the landscape of the NFC South, making life a lot tougher for guys like Michael Turner and drew Brees.
Oh, and one more thing: Kuechly will be just 21 years old this fall. He’ll be locked up long term before the age of 25.
Carolina Panthers Process Points: 5