Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
A target of the Seahawks, Kuechly went early to Carolina.
With the 9th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers have selected Luke Keuchly, a linebacker/defensive end from Boston College. Kuechly had been a rumored player of interest for the Seahawks in the last few months and weeks leading up to the Draft.
Sports Illustrated's prospect scouting database provides a succinct analysis on Kuechly, as a prospect:
Kuechly was incredibly productive on the college level and one of the best run-defending linebackers in the nation the past three years. He offers immediate starting potential as a middle linebacker in a 43 alignment or on the inside of a 34 scheme.
The Panthers' next pick is the 8th selection of the 2nd round, 40th overall.
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