Nov 19, 2011; South Bend, IN, USA; Boston College Eagles linebacker Luke Kuechly (40) follows the play in the third quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 16-14. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Is Boston College LB Luke Kuechly Overrated?

I’ve said a few times that I really like the top of the 2012 Draft class. I’m pretty confident that the Bills will be able to get a player that will contribute right away from the #10 slot.

That said, one player that the Bills could select absolutely terrifies me: Boston College LB Luke Kuechly.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying that the Bills shouldn’t take Kuechly. He might end up being awesome. He was certainly awesome in college, racking up an insane number of tackles (16 a game his final senior season).

There’s no doubting Kuechly’s instincts or motor. He finds the ball as well as any linebacker you’ll ever see at the college level. He’s also an extremely sure tackler who is athletic enough to make in the NFL.

But is he worth a top-10 pick?

Here’s my concern with Kuechly – he reminds a lot of former Bills linebackers Paul Posluszny and London Fletcher. And what’s the problem with that? Both of those guys were/are really productive players. Both are guys that rack up a ton of tackles.

But are either of those guys superstars? With a top 10 pick, you should get a superstar. Poz and Fletcher are linebackers who get a ton of tackles…5-10 yards down the field. I mean, when Poz was here, he must have led the league in “tackles made after the running back has picked up the first down.”

Kuechly will pick up a lot tackles in the same way. Are those important tackles to make? Sure. I just don’t know if he’s going to make the game-changing, big-time plays you need a star linebacker to make. And the Bills need a game-changer.

Now of course I could be wrong, and Kuechly could become a tackling machine who is a Pro Bowl mainstay. But I see a player closer to Poz than say, a Brian Ulracher. And that’s a problem for a potential top-1o pick.

What do you think, Bills fans? Do you want the team to take Kuechly with the #10 pick?

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  • ChrisMaza

    I’m not a Boston College fan, but seeing as I’m married to a woman who has season tickets, I had the pleasure of seeing Luke Kuechly play many times. The guy is a terrific tackler and a better pass defender than he gets credit for. He single-handedly filled the middle for Boston College. Where he is significantly underrated is in his pass-rushing abilities, largely because in Boston College’s 4-3 scheme, it was rarely one of  his responsibilities (and probably part of the reason the Eagles had just eight sacks all year). He doesn’t have top-notch speed, but he’s a monster when he gets in the backfield.

  • frcorny

    He has the potential to be very, very good. Take him if he is there.