2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Panthers
Kuechly was nothing short of incredible ever since the beginning of his career at Boston College. The Cincinnati, Ohio native started 12 games at linebacker even as a freshman in 2009 and in 2010 he earned First-Team All-American honors. He did the same as a junior by leading the nation in tackles (by far). In 12 games, Kuechly had a ridiculous 102 solo tackles and 191 total tackles for an otherwise horrendous Golden Eagle squad. He made 117 more tackles than any other player on the team. Kuechly also recorded 12 tackles for loss and three interceptions, leading the team in both categories.
Kuechly has good size at 6'3'' and 237 pounds, although he could add some bulk heading into the next level. He generally runs in the 4.6s in the 40-yard dash and has been clocked as fast as 4.58 from that distance. Kuechly only helped himself by turning in a great performance at the combine last month, including his stellar 40 time. He is not an elite athlete, but Kuechly has an incredible nose for the ball and is one of the most fundamentally-sound tacklers in the business. His instincts are second to none and those make him a solid pass defender despite lacking the athleticism that Pro Bowl... [Read More
Amini Silatolu is a small school prospect with serious size and talent that could push his way into the early rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.
He's thick through the middle and displays a nice bend given his size. He played left tackle at Midwestern State, but projects as a guard in the NFL. Sits nice and deep in his stance with a good knee-bend. He uses his big powerful hands to really lay into defenders and powers the hole open versus the run. Needs to maintain leverage through contact; if not, he'll give up ground along the line.
As a pass blocker, he has a high ceiling; at present, he is lacking. Silatolu isn't quick with his feet and struggles with lateral movement. Relies too much on getting his hands on a player, rather than being able to shield with his body and mirror his defender. His biggest strength is his run blocking, where he quickly jumps and latches onto his man. He can overpower them and dominant them. When asked to pull, he moves well and shows a better burst. Shows a real propensity to get after it, play tough, and attack defenders, especially downfield.
Silatolu has a great ceiling and could drive into the second round with a strong combine.... [Read More
Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander is a late round prospect who should get some consideration because of his size and length. At 6'4" and 270 lbs, he possesses an ideal frame to play either 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB. Although he is not particularly quick, there is a long term potential to be a rotational player.
Alexander's long arms and consistent pad level put him in a good position from play to play. In spite of a lack of great athleticism or explosion off the line, sound fundamentals give him a shot to hold down a roster spot.
When doubled, Alexander can be easily overpowered which may facilitate a move to the outside. He can play on the strong side of the field and seal the edge or work the flats. He's not agile in open spaces although he can penetrate in the backfield on occasion to make plays. Alexander shows good instincts, sheds blocks well with his long arms and good hand placement.
The athleticism isn't there yet with a high football IQ, Alexander is certainly worth a late round flier.... [Read More
Joe Adams is famous for one play: the punt return against Tennessee in 2011. He broke countless tackles, somehow stayed in bounds up the sideline, then outran the entire Volunteer team to the endzone. Quite simply, it had to be seen to be believed.
But Adams is more than just a one-play wonder. He has been a force at wide receiver for the Razorbacks for four seasons now. In his freshman year he had 31 catches for 377 yards and one touchdown. As a sophomore he made 29 receptions for 568 yards and seven touchdowns. Although Adams did not rack up the scores in his last two seasons, he lit up the stat sheet with catches and yards; 50 for 813 and six touchdowns in 2010 and 49 for 630 and three touchdowns in 2011 (heading into Arkansas' bowl game). As mentioned earlier, Adams was also an outstanding special-teams contributor. He returned 16 punts for 259 yards (a 16.2 average) and three touchdowns, two prior to the amazing one against Tennessee.
The Little Rock, AR native stands at just 5'11'' and 190 pounds. His speed is what will make him hard to deal with for defenses at the next level, as he consistently runs in the 4.3s of the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 4.... [Read More
Josh Norman had a great East-West Shrine Bowl, which also gave him a spot in the Senior Bowl. Scouts and GMs obviously liked what they saw and wanted to see him do it again.
Norman has a great feel for the game and displays a great ability to make plays on the ball. In zone coverage, he reads and reacts quickly and decisively with a natural burst. His hips are loose and fluid in his drop and when he turns to run downfield.
In press coverage, he really shines. Shows a great physicality and mixes it up well to re-route the runner. At times, he can be overly aggressive (whether it is leaning forward in his press or taking an early jump on the ball), but DB coaches want to see a certain fearlessness to make the plays that are asked of them. He's a solid tackler and breaks down well to finish the play.
For now, Norman has likely solidified himself as an early Day 3 selection, but has to continue his performances into the combine. There also some character concerns which he'll need to address when coaches speak to him, but at this point (given his size, physicality and ball skills) he shouldn't slip too far past the third round.... [Read More