Yesterday it was Robert Griffin III who impressed scouts at the NFL Combine. Today was Luke Kuechly's turn.
Going into the combine casual observers, and analysts alike were critical of Kuechly's speed and athleticism. In one workout, Kuechly erased all doubts. The Boston College linebacker ran the third best 40 yard dash at 4.5, sixth best best bench press, and 3rd best vertical jump (38 inches). Combine that with Vontaze Burfict's trainwreck of a combine (dead last in the 40 and broad jump and second to last in the vertical) and it is clear that Kuechly is the clear top MLB prospect in the draft.
Most BC fans knew what to expect from the reigning Butkus Award winner. But look at the praise Kuechly received from NFL media members via the Twitter:
Kuechly one of most instinctive LBs I've ever scouted. Just added 38" vert to resume. Will he last to Philly at pick No. 15? Maybe KC at 11?— Todd McShay (@McShay13) February 27, 2012
Luke Kuechly has been a stud, 4.5 speed, explosive 38 in vertical, as safe as any Defender in class IMHO— Wes Bunting (@WesBunting) February 27, 2012
#NFLCombine Luke Kuechly's time won't be 4.50 officially but he's plenty fast enough..take off a couple of 100ths for great instincts— Dan Shonka (@Ourlads_Shonka) February 27, 2012
This is exciting times for Luke and his Boston College family. These rave reviews equal higher draft prospects and more cash for Luke, which he deserves. Whatever team ends up with Luke will be very lucky, and call me a homer but I expect a long industrious career for LK.
It's at times like this you have to be proud that he donned the maroon and gold, even if it was just for three years. Stay tuned, it's going to be a fun ride.