Now he gets a little more respect from the national pundits by landing on NFL Networks Top 100 players in the NFL:
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly Ranks 79th on NFL Network’s ‘Top 100′ List | Panthers 101 | Sports Media 101
Last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year was named the 79th best player in the NFL on Thursday's episode of "The Top 100 Players of 2013," which unveiled the players ranked 71st through 80th. The rankings are determined by the results of an offseason poll organized by the NFL, through which players vote for their peers based on the previous season's play and how they believe the player will perform during the upcoming season. Steve Smith, who was named the league's 84th best player on the previous episode, was the first Carolina player showcased on the countdown.
So who else should be on the list? Certainly Charles Johnson should be on there somewhere and of course Cam Newton. C Ryan Kalil probaly will not be there because he missed most fo last year with injury. LT Jordan Gross might be there but couldn't be much higher than Kuechly I would imagine.