Bucs Won’t Reach To Draft Luke KuechlyApril 25th, 2012
There is one word to describe the linebacker play of the Bucs last year.
So it’s no shock to believe that Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik will add a linebacker or two to try to beef up this unit that is already down a starter now that Geno Hayes has moved on to Chicago.
Some, such as Joe’s good friend Justin Pawlowski of WQYK-AM 1010, believe Dominik would be wise to reach for the tackling machine known as Boston College middle linebacker Luke Kuechly.
Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, however, doesn’t believe Kuechly is a reach. In fact, he suggested it wouldn’t be a shock if Dominik has Kuechly graded out as a top-five player.
And it would be an immediate fix. Kuechly is one the few linebackers in this draft who scouts believe is ready to step in and immediately run his new team’s defense as its starting middle linebacker.
“He’s one of the 10 best players in this draft,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said of Kuechly, who is ranked 6th overall on Mayock’s list of the top 100 2012 NFL draft prospects.
“I think he’s the best pure zone drop pass linebacker I’ve ever seen on tape. What usually knocks inside linebackers down is their inability to stay on the field for three plays. It’s the opposite with Kuechly.’’
Well. There was a sentence in Cummings’ write-up that sort of caused Joe to pause. So Kuechly would be calling plays for the defense in the New Schiano Order?
No one knows with certainty what defense Greg Schiano plans to run, though it’s a good guess it will be somewhat like the Giants’ scheme. Schiano has even hinted at a 34-defensive front.
But if Kuechly is to be calling plays, Joe is confused. Isn’t this why the Bucs drafted Mason Foster last year and started him out of position to call defensive plays?