Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
We are now less than a week away from the NFL Draft, and with spring football over it's now time to see where Luke Kuechly will end up. Now we are not an NFL blog, but BC Interruption searched around the interwebs to see what the teams and their fans are saying about LK.
Buffalo Bills: Pick #10
The Bills want to add depth at the linebacker position and have been looking at many different options to fill that need
The Bills have now, by our count, brought in at least three linebackers this spring, where Kuechly joins Tank Carder of TCU and Dont'a Hightower of Alabama, via several reports. GM Buddy Nix has said that the team wants to add at least one linebacker, but at present, they've got four that figure to have prominent roles: Nick Barnett, Kelvin Sheppard, Bryan Scott and Kirk Morrison.
Kansas City Chiefs: Pick #11
Even though the Chiefs have not brought in Kuechly for an official visit, it doesn't mean that KC isn't interested:
I can see a scenario where the Chiefs draft someone, like Kuechly, without bringing him in for a visit. Maybe not likely, but I can see it. Think about it -- Kuechly has very few question marks. He's considered one of the most high-character guys in the draft. He's a multi-year starter so he has plenty of tape there (and they don't do physical workouts on visits, anyway). He doesn't have medical concerns. What are you going to learn in a meeting with him that you're not already sure about?
Seattle Seahawks: Pick #12
So yeah, calling Kuechly a sure thing isn't going to do much to enamor Seahawks fans with the idea of their team choosing him with the No. 12 overall pick.
Linebacker and defensive end are Seattle's two clearest areas of need, and while general manager John Schneider has spent the past two years drastically downsizing the salary structure of this team's linebackers, that doesn't necessarily mean he's averse to making a big-budget addition. Schneider was part of Green Bay's front office in 2006 when the Packers picked middle linebacker A.J. Hawk of Ohio State No. 5 overall. In 2009, the Packers picked Clay Matthews No. 26 out of USC.
Philadelphia Eagles: Pick #15
Even after picking up a linebacker in the offseason, the Eagles could still go for Kuechly to build depth at LB
The key is to find talented players. Don't pass on talent and settle for need. Super Bowls aren't won by teams with the fewest holes. Super Bowls are won by teams with playmakers. Cox could be a disruptive force up front. Kuechly could be a playmaker in the middle of the defense. Barron isn't an elite ballhawk, but did have 12 career interceptions so we know he can make plays. Floyd could be a huge help in the red zone with his size, strength, and hands.
New England Patriots: Pick #27
There is no way on God's green earth that Kuechly would ever fall to the Patriots, but New England has a glut of 1st and 2nd round draft picks to move up if they see fit. And as Adam Shein of Foxsports says, Kuechly is responding to questions in a very Belichick-ian way:
What NFL team will Luke Kuechly end up with?
Buffalo Bills (145 votes)
Seattle Seahawks (84 votes)
Kansas City Chiefs (254 votes)
Philadelphia Eagles (109 votes)
Other (Patriots, Jets, Cowboys etc) (84 votes)
676 total votes