The fantasy football community has had an eye on LB Luke Kuechly for years. IDP leagues are always looking to grab the next superstar linebacker that is taken in the first round, and in the 2012 NFL Draft, that backer was Kuechly.
Regardless of his inexperience, Kuechly stepped into the middle of the Carolina Panthers defense and never looked back. The rookie started all 16 games for the team and shockingly led the entire NFL with 164 total tackles last year.
Kuechly may have only averaged 6.25 tackles a game over his first four games, but he exploded over the next 12 games and posted 11.6 tackles per contest. He had a wonderful career at Boston College and was a proven tackling machine during his four years at the school. After all, if there is one skill that transitions well to the NFL, it is tackling.
He may only weigh 235 pounds, and fall into the category of smaller linebackers, but Kuechly’s coverage skills downfield are unmatched. He has very fast feet and never gets turned around in coverage. Kuechly simply does everything well from a linebacker standpoint.
Kuechly is only 21, so he is one of the most exciting fantasy keepers in any IDP dynasty leagues. He most likely went undrafted last fantasy season, but he will easily be one of the top defenders drafted in 2013.