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NFL draft: Panthers take linebacker Luke Kuechly at No. 9

April 26, 2012|By Sam Farmer
  • Boston College's Luke Kuechly was the first linebacker selected in the 2012 draft.
Boston College's Luke Kuechly was the first linebacker selected… (Michael Conroy / Associated…)

No. 9 Carolina Panthers: ILB Luke Kuechly, Boston College –- Kuechly (pronounced  KEEK-lee) led the nation in tackles in each of the past two seasons, with a career-high 191 last year alone. He finished his Boston College career as the leading tackler in both school and Atlantic Coast Conference history (532 tackles).

Comment: The Panthers lost Jon Beason and Thomas Davis for the season in Week 1 last season. Kuechly is phenomenal in pass coverage and never has to come off the field.

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