Does Kuechly have what it takes?
February, 23, 2012
He was called the "Human Eraser" at Boston College. Does LB Luke Kuechly have the goods to become a top-10 pick? NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas breaks down what Kuechly could bring to the NFL.
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BRADENTON, Fla. — Look at any mock draft or any list of player rankings and you’ll find Boston College’s Luke Kuechly ranked near the top of the linebackers.
On Monday, he might be able to put himself alone at the very top of every team's linebacker list. When the linebackers work out for NFL scouts and coaches, Kuechly will be out to disprove the only two knocks against him.
Too small and too slow are the common criticisms of Kuechly. He was listed at 6-foot-3 and 237 pounds in college, but NFL types would like to see his weight north of 240. There’s also a suspicion that Kuechly won’t wow the audience with his time in the 40-yard dash.
But those scouts and coaches haven’t seen Kuechly since the final game of his college career. They might be in for a surprise because there have been some major changes.
Kuechly, who could not play in any of the college all-star games because he left school after his junior season, has been working on bulking up and getting faster at IMG Football Academy.
“Let me tell you something, he’s plenty big enough,’’ said former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke, who directs IMG’s football operations. “He plays with great instincts. What I’ve seen from Luke is a consistent approach every single day. This is a guy that’s honed in on what he can do to get better. In terms of his physical skills since he’s been here, he’s bigger and stronger. He’s faster. I can tell you this, there are going to be people excited at the combine when he runs. He’s more fluid when he runs.’’