Conventional wisdom dictates the Carolina Panthers should be taking a defensive tackle such as Michael Brockers or Dontari Poe in this spot, but with so many questions surrounding the rawness of Brockers and on-field play of Poe, neither really ring in as a typical Marty Hurney selection.
Luke Kuechly, however, does. He fits a need, his value matches the pick and he is one of the most sure-fire prospects in this draft.
Plus, after seeing linebackers Jon Beason and Thomas Davis go down to devastating injuries in 2010, perhaps the front office will invest its pick on some depth at the position. Alongside Beason, Davis and James Anderson, the 2011 Bronko Nagurski winner can certainly help defend against the run.
Kuechly is a sound tackler, displays good mobility and is a very intelligent player. He also has good size and always seems to be in the middle of every play. In his 2011 campaign, the Boston College standout led the nation with a bulky 191 tackles, averaging just about 16 tackles per game.
As we edge closer to draft day, it seems as if the team is becoming more enamored with the potential selection.