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With the 148th Pick, Carolina Selects LB AJ Klein
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How do you grade the Klein pick?
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james.mcmurry13


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:57 pm    Post subject: With the 148th Pick, Carolina Selects LB AJ Klein Reply with quote



AJ Klein-LB-Iowa State
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good pick, not a huge need but a pretty good player. Gives us great depth at the position and someone to step up into the starting unit if there is an injuries.

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/college_player_scouting_report.html&player=49659


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SUMMARY - Klein first stood out during the East West Shrine Game practices as a very good athlete capable of running sideline to sideline to make plays. He has a perfect body for the middle linebacker position in the NFL, and he has much better movement skills than advertised. Athletically, he is capable of doing it all and will make for a very good pick by a team in the middle of the draft. With very good first step quickness and strong recognition skills, he locates the ball well and does a good job of getting to it. Teams will have to coach up his tackling ability as he has a bad habit of dropping his head and taking his eyes off of his target. He also can tackle too high and the combination leads to a lot of missed tackles. He also has a tendency to over-pursue a play and take himself out of the play by being too aggressive while out in space. He has great instincts and can decipher information quickly to sniff out run versus pass. He is a much better blitzer than pure pass rusher, as he doesn't bend well and is much better using his first step quickness to surprise offensive linemen and quarterbacks. Klein has a great feel for zone coverage and does a very good job of taking the right level of drop, keeping his eyes on the quarterback and closing on balls thrown in front of him. He displays a very good back pedal and can quickly get out of his pedal to make plays on the ball. He isn't a strong man coverage defender because he doesn't change direction well and tends to lose ground against speedier players. He is a leader, the kind of player you want in the middle of your defense because of his toughness, intelligence and desire to compete. Overall he warrants consideration in the early part of the third-round by any team looking for a leader type on their defense and special teams.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just read that he played all 3 LB positions at ISU. Not sure how well he played at each, I had always thought of him as a MLB only. If he really is that versatile, it changes my feelings some.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great depth, solid pick. I'm assuming we're sticking with what we have right now and the 6th round pick will also be for solid depth.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pick was a reach but Welcome to Carolina A.J.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He'll be a special teamer, no more no less
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Makes sense after losing Phillips.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carolina_Champ wrote:
Makes sense after losing Phillips.


True but we signed Chase Blackburn.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ironically he shared the Big 12 DPOY with Frank Alexander two years ago.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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"@Panthers: Klein shared the 2011 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award with former Sooner DE and current Panther Frank Alexander."




https://twitter.com/Panthers/status/328219316933767168
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BringinDaPain wrote:
Carolina_Champ wrote:
Makes sense after losing Phillips.


True but we signed Chase Blackburn.



We also lost Anderson
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cpanthers178990 wrote:
BringinDaPain wrote:
Carolina_Champ wrote:
Makes sense after losing Phillips.


True but we signed Chase Blackburn.



We also lost Anderson


We have Hogue.
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BringinDaPain wrote:
cpanthers178990 wrote:
BringinDaPain wrote:
Carolina_Champ wrote:
Makes sense after losing Phillips.


True but we signed Chase Blackburn.



We also lost Anderson


We have Hogue.



Maybe Gettleman viewed Klein having higher potential and bringing more than Hogue.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

depth pick. his versatility makes me like the pick a little better but we still desperately need cb and safety
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Impulser12000 wrote:
depth pick. his versatility makes me like the pick a little better but we still desperately need cb and safety

I believe WR/S are our biggest needs right now. Another year going into the season knowing we have not found a replacement for Smitty upsets me
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