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ker for so long Womens Christian Miller Jersey , it’s easy to forget how good he really is"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomWe are spoiled by the greatness of Luke KuechlyNew,4commentsWe’ve watched the All Pro linebacker for so long, it’s easy to forget how good he really isESTShareTweetShareShareWe are spoiled by the greatness of Luke KuechlyJeremy Brevard-USA TODAY SportsThe Carolina Panthers probably shouldn’t have drafted Luke Kuechly. There were injury concerns at linebacker, but surely some combination of Jon Beason, Thomas Davis, and James Anderson could form a passable corps. At the same time, they had needs at offensive tackle, defensive end Christian Miller Baltimore Ravens Jersey , and wide receiver. You know, important positions. They drafted him anyway and, boy, did that pick hit. Jon Beason never regained his All Pro form after his Achilles tear in 2011. It opened the door for Luke Kuechly to take over at middle linebacker, where he went on to win Defensive Rookie of the Year Honors. He’s made an All Pro team every season since. He’s been so good for so long it’s easy to lose sight of what’s in front of us. Words were being thrown about the Internet saying Kuechly was no longer good. He had lost a step. He wasn’t making all the plays he should be making. He was bad.It’s true there was a stretch of play early in the season where Kuechly wasn’t his usual self. He was relatively invisible for a couple games after a strong season opening performance against the Cowboys. But he wasn’t bad. He only had 16 tackles from Weeks 2 to 4, but he had a pair of run stuffs and an interception in there. He was playing like a regular above average linebacker, which is great. Compared to what we’re used to, it was poor.Luke overcame his slump and finished on a tear. He finished the season with 130 tackles Greg Olsen Jersey 2019 , eighth in the league. He registered 20 tackles for loss, most among traditional linebackers and seven more than second-bests Jamie Collins and Lavonte David. The next best middle linebacker only had 10. It culminated in Kuechly being named a First Team All-Pro for the fifth time in his seven year career. Only J.J. Watt has earned that distinction as many times in those seven years. He’s still arguably the best middle linebacker in the game, and the Panthers are very lucky to have him. Now they need to get the rest of the defense up to snuff. This selection comes courtesy of CBS Sports"The end is nigh, the draft approaches, and, as we while away our remaining hours, let’s take a moment to recognize the one mock draft that might have scored a home run on this year’s Panthers’ draft class. That would be Ryan Wilson’s seven sound mock from last week for CBS Sports.Obviously, he probably got 99% of the projections wrong. That is just how this works. Even the Panthers home run that I mentioned is probably not even a single bit correct Blue Greg Olsen Jersey , but it does seem terrifyingly right. That’s because there is one pick that I can’t shake as the likeliest pick I have seen mocked to the Panthers all season. Let’s take a look at his first three selections.I’ve been on record multiple times this season stating the Panthers’ biggest need in 2019 is for an edge rusher. No matter how they arrange their front 7, they simply don’t have the quantity of skilled pass rushers on their roster required to compete in the NFL. So, of course they wait until the third round to address that. If pass rushing talent is need 1A then 1B is pass protection. We could all forgive the Panthers for taking a talented offensive tackle in the first round. It would then be totally reasonable for the value in the second round to favor a safety over an edge player. Hurney has to work with the players available and not the players we are all dreaming of, after all.That said, it’s not great when your first, best attempt at addressing the edge of your defense is drafting a guy on the smaller side who played at a smaller school and who is known for not being able to set the edge in the running game. I’m not against drafting Oshane Ximines in general, and not even against drafting him in the third round. I worry because this whole mock draft — for all that it doesn’t have them taking a linebacker in the first round— seems very Panthers, and I worry because taking Ximenes won’t be enough to address the defensive line deficiences. I don’t think any one pick will be. But Kawann Short Jersey 2019 , given Hurney’s history with drafting defensive ends, Ximines does seem tailor made for one of the Panthers’ draft picks. Here’s to hoping the inaccuracy in this mock draft wasn’t in missing the Panthers offering a 2020 first round pick to swoop back into the second round for this, or any other, edge defender.