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.
|#||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|
|11||Kansas City||Kenneth Taylor|
|16||New York Jets||Kenneth Taylor|
|17||Cincinnati (from Oakland)||Jason Garrison|
|18||San Diego||Anthony Knox|
|22||Cleveland (from Atlanta)||Jason Garrison|
|27||New England (from New Orleans)||Anthony Knox|
|28||Green Bay||Travis Castleman|
|31||New England||Anthony Knox|
|32||New York Giants||Matt Leitner|