Boston College junior LB Luke Kuechly, who recently declared his intentions to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft, is already gaining steam as a first round pick.
Kuechly finished his decorated Eagles career with an ACC-record 532 tackles, and captured multiple major defensive awards this past season, including the Butkus, Lombardi and Bronco Nagurski.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper recently released his initial Mock Draft for 2012, and he too pinned Kuechly as an ideal fit for the Philadelphia Eagles with the 15th overall pick. The Eagles were razor thin up the middle of their defense this year, and relinquished nearly four and a half yards per carry on the ground.
ESPN’s Todd McShay, the director of college football scouting for Scouts Inc., has Kuechly ranked as the 10th best overall prospect and the top rated inside linebacker.
Inside linebacker has been a difficult position for NFL teams to find in the first round of late, with only three being selected in the previous three drafts combined.
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Kuechly is training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL leading up to the draft.