Since the re-structuring of Thomas Davis' contract the name Luke Kuechly has been noticably absent from CSR as we discuss draft prospects and what they could bring to the table. The front office on the other hand are still very much interested in the standout Boston College LB, as he visits with the team today.
Could the drafting of Kuechly in the first round be overkill? Absolutely, but there's a good chance he could be the best player available when it's time for Carolina to turn in their card. I've said it before, and I'll say it again- I think the kid is an absolute beast, and one of the best college linebackers I've ever seen. Adding him to the Panthers' defense would immediately aid in their ability to stop the run, and give them not only a reliable backup plan in case Thomas Davis isn't able to perform at a high level, but also a future linebacker who could realistically play all three spots in a 4-3, or form a nasty ILB duo with Jon Beason.
After the jump we'll look at some tape of Kuechly, as well as look at his college stats.
This profile of Kuechly from Raycom sports really says more than any highlight video could.
Now for Kuechly's college stats, which are beyond impressive.
He's a unique player, and I guy I believe could be a Ron Rivera favorite. Time will tell, but obviously the Panthers like what they see so far.