Linebacker Luke Kuechly continues to rise in the annual NFL Network Top 100 list, this year cracking the top 10 at No. 7.
The three-time Pro Bowler and former Defensive Player of the Year has improved his ranking in each of his four seasons (79th in 2013, 15th in 2014, 14th in 2015).
Kuechly led the Panthers with 137 tackles in 2015 – something he's done every year since coming to Carolina as a first-round pick in 2012. He recorded four interceptions during the regular season and returned two interceptions for touchdowns during the postseason.
Kuechly, who has led the league in tackles twice, is the top ranked linebacker on this year's list.
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