Remember 2005? Remember a brand new breed of linebacker? A do everything, every down, type of linebacker? A boy named Lofa stepped in and quietly became a force to be reckoned with. He wasn’t your typical linebacker. He wasn’t a big, muscle-bound beast. He was a player that diagnosed the plays before they even got started. He quietly became one of the best players the Seahawks had. After Pete Carroll came to Seattle, Tatupu decided it was time to leave. He had surgery on his knees prior and his production was being held in question.
David Hawthorne stepped right up, and filled the hole that Tatupu left behind. Hawthorne, like Tatupu, wasn’t big. He led the team in tackles, proving he could handle the load that was placed upon him. That may have swelled his ego a little bit enough that when he hit Free Agency Seattle wanted to look in other places.
With the draft coming up in about a month, there is a certain player that is starting to get linked to Seattle. His name? Luke Kuechly. He is bigger than Tutupu at 6’3 and 242 lbs(Tatupu was 6’0 250 lbs). Kuechly runs the 40 yard dash in 4.58 seconds, placing him third for linebackers for speed. Tatupu only registered a 4.73 on his 40 yard dash. Kuechly also registered a 38″ vertical at the combine, Tatupu registered a 35″ vertical. Tatupu finished his career after two years at USC registering a total of 202 tackles, nine sacks, and seven interceptions. Kuechly in three seasons with Boston College has registered a whopping 532 tackles, and seven interceptions. Eerily similar? Kuechly is the complete linebacker, and Seattle has a chance of getting him at #12 when they pick in April. Kuechly could be the missing link that we need here in Seattle for our linebacker crew.