INDIANAPOLIS – One of the great mysteries at this year’s scouting combine was solved today when Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly finally appeared in the media room.
Linebackers were supposed to speak on Saturday. Sometimes players get hung up with medical evaluations, which isn’t unusual, but they usually appear the next morning.
When it got to be after 4 p.m. today, whispers started about whether there was a medical issue with Kuechly.
But the Butkus Award winner as the top linebacker in college football said the process just took a while.
“Medical stuff yesterday just took forever, we were downstairs for maybe six hours so it kind of took a while to get through with everything and I had some early meetings I had to get to, so they just popped me out today,” Kuechly said.
He said nothing unusual came up on his medicals.
“It’s just a process to get through, you have to go through different rooms, everything checked out clean,” Kuechly said.
That includes his right elbow, which temporarily knocked him out of the Eagles’ final home game of the season against N.C. State. A few NFL teams said they would be making sure that checked out.
“It’s just one of those things (where) you just get dinged up, take the precautions and you’ll be all right with it,” Kuechly said.
He made the trip to the combine from Sarasota, Fla., where he’s been working out at the IMG Football Academy.
Kuechly measured at 6-foot-3 and 242 pounds, which was up from the 237 he played at for the Eagles.
A lot of teams are curious what Kuechly, who is thought to be a middle first round prospect, will run in drills tomorrow. They already know his instincts are off the charts. He had an astounding 532 tackles in three seasons at Boston College.
“I think that’s one thing about the combine, it gives you an opportunity to show how you can move in different scenarios, there’s different time drills as well as position drills led by coaches,” Kuechly said. “I think it’s an opportunity for me tomorrow to show I can move well.”
He was asked to describe himself as a player.
“Instinctual player is something that pops up for a lot of people,” Kuechly said. “That, coupled with, I think I’m a smart player. I think I do a pretty good job preparing myself. That’s somthing I take pride in. Being prepared, and knowing what each individual guy is responsible for. I can point at different guys, and let them know what they’re doing if they have questions. I take pride in having the ability to do that. And doing that, and knowing what everyone is doing, you can play faster. It allows you to be more successful.”