There's a lot to like about Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, from his streak of 33 games with at least 10 tackles to his award case, which holds a Butkus Award, a Bronko Nagurski Trophy and a Lombardi Award.
The 6'3", 242-pound former Eagle was considered one of the safest picks in the 2012 NFL draft. He is able to play on all three downs and at any linebacker spot in any defense, though he may be best suited to the middle in a 4-3.
What the Experts Are Saying:
Exceptional football-playing instincts—moves before the snap, anticipates lanes and takes exceptional angles to the ball. Terrific situational awareness and football intelligence—knows his role and responsibility on every snap and is quick enough to compensate for others. Makes plays vs. the run and pass—beats blockers to the hole. Lives, breathes and sleeps football.
The major knock on Kuechly is that he had a lot of "inflated" tackle production in college: i.e., most of his tackles came five-to-eight yards downfield. He didn't get up into the line of scrimmage to make powerful, impactful plays much, and won't be relied upon as a pass rusher at the next level, where he'll be strictly a tackling, sideline-to-sideline backer.
Kuechly is a pure football player and will do whatever is asked of him at the NFL level. He will no doubt start from day one of training camp in the NFL.