Ron Rivera didn't anticipate the Carolina Panthers would use their first two draft picks on defensive tackles.
Then again, he didn't expect Purdue's Kawann Short would be there in the middle of the second round.
Rivera says the Panthers had a first-round grade on Short, so when he fell to the 44th spot overall they wasted no time turning in their pick - even after taking fellow defensive tackle Star Lotulelei from Utah in round one.
Rivera called Short a ''value pick.''
After watching Short perform the first two days at rookie minicamp, Rivera is more convinced than ever that Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman made the right choice doubling down on tackles last month.
He said Short and Lotulelei can be difference makers when it comes to providing an inside pass rush.
''Very much so,'' Rivera said. ''The things they're doing are what we need from that position. I'm pretty excited about that. Star has been what we thought he was. There is some stuff I really like about (Sho...