Originally Posted by Go_Eagles77
This is why I've become less interested in Kuechly to the eagles recently. Dont'a Hightower is the best MLB in the draft for the eagles' wide 9 scheme. I honestly wouldn't mind if the eagles took Hightower 15th overall.
Kuechly probably isn't the best linebacker at shedding blocks in this draft class, but he's pretty much superior to Hightower in every other aspect. You have to remember just how god awful that BC team was, and how he almost single-handedly kept that defense respectable. He didn't have Chapman, Cody, or Dareus taking up blockers for him, and he had a big nasty coming down at him on essentially every single play. He tends to resort to the spin to shed blocks more often than he should which makes him a step late sometimes or makes him take a flatter angle to the ball carrier, but at the same time it's not like he's bad at shedding blocks. He's still an above average prospect in this respect.
So the Eagles would have the choice to pick a guy who has been pretty average for most of his career, but has good size and combine numbers, or take a guy who has pretty much been the best linebacker in college football since he's set foot on BC's campus. I'd take Kuechly in any scheme or at any linebacker position besides 3-4 OLB over Hightower in a heartbeat. You may have some guys who're fast, but in reality there is a difference between being fast and being instinctive and fast. It's why Gary Guyton sucks for the Patriots and Jerod Mayo is one of the better linebackers in the NFL.