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The Carolina Panthers bulked up their defensive front by selecting Utah's Star Lotulelei with the 14th overall pick in general manager Dave Gettleman's first NFL draft.
It marks the first time the Panthers have selected a defensive tackle in the first round since joining the league in 1995.
Defensive tackle was considered a position of need for the Panthers, who released starter Ron Edwards in a salary cap move earlier this offseason.
Lotulelei, 6-foot-2 and 311 pounds, is expected to step in and start right away alongside veteran defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, who re-signed in the offseason.
Gettleman called Lotulelei a three-down lineman.
''What Star does is he impacts the game on every snap in terms of the run game and the pass game,'' Gettleman said. ''He's not someone you are going to replace in your sub package defense.''
Gettleman likes the idea that Lotulelei can occupy two players at the point of attack, which he hopes will ...
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PICK: Star Lotulelei, DT, UtahANALYSIS: I still don't get why the Jets passed on him, but Carolina must be thrilled. I knew it had to be Star when the pick was in within a few minutes. He's the best DT in the draft, yet he somehow fell all the way to Carolina at 14. The defensive tackle position has been a huge need in Carolina for years, and they've finally gotten a...
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For the second straight season the Carolina Panthers have drafted a defensive player with their first pick of the Draft by selecting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei with the 14th pick.It would be the perfect setting if Lotulelei wins Defensive Rookie of the Year following in the footsteps of linebacker Luke Kuechly.Lotulelei was a three-year starter at Utah where he shared the Morris...
1.14 Carolina Panthers Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah, (6-3, 311)
Lets face it, the Panthers have been one of our favorite fantasy defenses to play running backs on for quite some time.
Quite some time.
With the Panthers picking Star Lotulelei out of Utah, they will have two very good players up the middle to shore up that run D. Lotulelei had a medical scare at the NFL Combine but...
Star Lotulelei DT from the University of Utah. Star is and will be a Star in the NFL I guarantee it. This is a great pick for the Panthers who were just dreadful on defense last season. Another BIG MAN in the first round. He shared the 2011 Morris Trophy for the best lineman in the Pacific-12 Conference with Matt Kalil, and was named All-Conference First Team.
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