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?