To me, there is only one no-brainer when it comes to leaving school early for this year's NFL draft:
Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly: Was there any award he didn'twin this year? What he's done in just three seasons at BC is remarkable, and he would gain more as a first-round draft pick than he would a starting linebacker for the Eagles in 2012. Kuechly is not only physically gifted enough, he's also smart enough and mature enough to handle the transition. Prediction: Early-to-mid first-round. GONE.
Boston College junior linebacker Luke Kuechly has been named one of four finalists for the 42nd Rotary Lombardi Award honoring the nation's top lineman or linebacker, according to an announcement by the Rotary Club of Houston on Thursday.
Kuechly, the nation's leading tackler, kept a firm grip on that title with 21tackles in the 21-16 win at Duke (9 solos, 12 assists). It marked his second game this year with 20-plus tackles, and he is the only player in the country with two 20-tackle games this year. He extended his streak of games with 10-plus tackles to 19, which is the nation's longest active streak. Kuechly also had 0.5 TFL for one yard, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two pass breakups. He was part of a BC defensive interior that held Duke to four total rushing yards and 311 total net yards on the day.