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With two of the Panthers’ starting linebackers, Jon Beason and Thomas Davis, coming off serious season-ending injuries, the Panthers drafted Boston College’s Luke Kuechly to add to their linebacker corps.
Kuechly was a tremendous middle linebacker in college, but according to the Charlotte Observer, Kuechly will move out to weakside 'backer for the Panthers in 2012.
This move is contingent on Beason staying at middle linebacker, but in my opinion, the Panthers would be better off moving Beason to the outside (a more natural position for him), with Kuechly taking over as the leader in the middle.
Kuechly has the skill set to be a tremendous middle linebacker for many years to come, and they should have him playing in that role as soon as possible.
Nonetheless, the statuses of both Beason and Davis could remain in question as they continue to recover from their injuries, leaving James Anderson at strongside as the only starter whose role seems set.
Kuechly could move around as injuries and performance dictates, and he has the skill set to be versatile enough to play any of the three linebacker spots.