NFL's Potential Immediate Impact Rookies

Inside linebacker
Text: Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News
Photo: Michael Tureski/Icon SMI; Chuck Burton/AP

Inside linebacker

Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers

"Carolina needed to get tougher in the middle of its defense, and Kuechly's combination of attitude, instincts and tackling ability fits the bill. He'll also help in a key area in NFC South competition, working to contain tight ends such as Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez and Kellen Winslow Jr. in coverage."


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