Luke Kuechly continues to be recognized as the league's top linebacker by his peers, checking in at No. 12 overall on the NFL Network's presentation of "The Top 100 Players of 2018."
Kuechly is expected to be the top linebacker on the list (the top 10 overall will be revealed next Tuesday) and is in the top 20 overall for the fifth consecutive season. He's been on the list every year he's been eligible since being selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, standing as the lone linebacker on all of those six countdowns.
Kuechly leads the NFL in tackles (based on press box stats) since 2012 with 818 and leads linebackers with 15 interceptions and 22 total takeaways. This past season, he again paced Carolina with 134 tackles based on coaches' film review.
Kuechly is the third and final Panthers on this year's countdown, joining quarterback Cam Newton (No. 25) and fellow linebacker Thomas Davis (No. 73).