2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft - The Carolina Panthers Select...

CHESTNUT HILL MA - SEPTEMBER 25: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Virginia Tech Hokies scrambles with the ball as Luke Kuechly #40 of the Boston College Eagles defends on September 25 2010 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

With the ninth pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, Jason Blanton, the producer for the Cincy Jungle podcast, selected for the Carolina Panthers, who finished the 2011 season with a 6-10 record.

With the No. 9 pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the Carolina Panthers select....

Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

The Panthers need some serious help on the defensive side of the ball. They really need guys up front who can put pressure on the quarterback, but with Q. Coples and M. Ingram off the board by pick 9, I selected the best available defensive player in Boston College's Luke Kuechly.

Kuechly had an extraordinary collegiate career and was arguably the most productive linebacker in NCAA history. Not only has he won about every award a defensive player can win, he set multiple records including most total tackles in a season twice (183, 191) and most tackles in a collegiate career (532) despite only playing for three seasons.

Kuechly would join an already talented but injury plagued group of linebackers in Carolina. Thomas Davis has torn his ACL three times in his three year career, and defensive leader Jon Beason is coming off an Achilles injury as well. If this group were healthier I would have looked at DT Dontari Poe, WR Michael Floyd and even CB Stephon Gilmore, but at the end of the day Kuechly provided the best value at No. 9.

Luke Kuechly Highlights:

Joe Goodberry's Instant Analysis:

This is an interesting selection that I haven't thought of yet. The Panthers did lose Dan Connor is free agency to the Cowboys but that's because they have Jon Beason, James Anderson and hopefully Thomas Davis (multiple injuries) as their LBs for next season. If they took Kuechly, Beason, who has played WLB before, could move back to the outside. Luke Kuechly could really play any spot in that defense. He's an extremely smart and instinctive player and he'd learn a slightly new position in no time.
Grade: C+
Value: -5

Draft Overview:

# Team Picked By Name/Positon of Pick
1 Indianapolis Alex Neyer Andrew Luck QB
2 Washington David Farrelly Robert Griffin III QB
3 Minnesota Palewook Matt Kalil OT
4 Cleveland Jason Garrison Justin Blackmon WR
5 Tampa Bay Andrew Bernius Morris Claiborne CB
6 St. Louis Jim0ijk Quinton Coples DE
7 Jacksonville AK513 Melvin Ingram DE
8 Miami Dan Lockhart Trent Richardson RB
9 Carolina Jason Blanton Luke Kuechly LB
10 Buffalo Casey Penn
11 Kansas City Kenneth Taylor
12 Seattle Jerod Egner
13 Arizona Dan Wolford
14 Dallas Joshua Foster
15 Philadelphia Travis Parker
16 New York Jets Kenneth Taylor
17 Cincinnati (from Oakland) Jason Garrison
18 San Diego Anthony Knox
19 Chicago Steve Whited
20 Tennessee Jeff Welch
21 Cincinnati Jason Garrison
22 Cleveland (from Atlanta) Jason Garrison
23 Detroit Andrew Perrotta
24 Pittsburgh Jason Garrison
25 Denver Jared Morgan
26 Houston Brett Kollman
27 New England (from New Orleans) Anthony Knox
28 Green Bay Travis Castleman
29 Baltimore Jason Garrison
30 San Francisco Chris Brown
31 New England Anthony Knox
32 New York Giants Matt Leitner
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