And With the 14th Pick the Panthers Select…

It has been a long time coming. The moment the entire NFL has been waiting for is finally upon us. The 2013 NFL Draft is here and after months of speculation and the thousands of mock drafts that have been produced we can finally take a chill-pill and just watch as the Panthers select the next head-lining Carolina Panther. And with the 14th pick in the 1st round, the Carolina Panthers select…

Star Lotulelei! Great pick guys! Like I said in an article I wrote earlier today, if Star Lotulelei was available by the time the Panther’s pick then we should definitely pick him up, and we did. Lotulelei is a great pick up for the Carolina Panthers. He is extremely athletic; he proved to be a huge pass-blocker in Utah and ended up drawing a ton of attention from scouts.

Lotulelei has been said to be the best run-stopper in the 2013 Draft class, something new GM Dave Gettleman has reportedly wanted when saying “Hog-Mollies”. He has proven to be one of the first players off the snap and pushes the opposing Offensive Lines back. His weight and obvious girth proves to be a consistent run-stopper when RB’s come up the middle. He has proven to be one of the best players in this year’s draft despite the negatives that surround him.

Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Utah Utes defensive lineman Star Lotulelei who has a heart medical condition misses the workouts and watches from the sidelines during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

While doing some research on the man I have found out that the internet is not exactly happy with the fact that he has a wife and two children at the age of 23. I personally don’t care and it only adds to his encouragement to play his best constantly. He also has some health problems and, like the fact that he is married with kids at 23, his health doesn’t really affect me. Last year draftee Frank Alexander also had health problems that dropped him from a possible late first round/ early second round pick to a third round pick, and so far he has turned out to be a great pick up for the Panthers.

I like the pick-up of Star Lotulelei; he is a huge body that will prove to be extremely powerful on the Defensive Line and a great match alongside “Big Dwan”. He has definitely taken the place of Ron Edwards and I really can’t wait to see him play.

Topics: Carolina Panthers, Star Lotulelei

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  • Tarheel_Soldier

    The fact that he is married with two kids while attending college and playing college football at the highest levels only punctuates the maturity and sense of responsibility of this young man. I am very excited about the Panthers’ front four: Hardy, Lotulelei, Edwards, and Johnson. That is a front four we haven’t seen since Peppers, Jenkins, and Rucker left the team. Great pickup, Panthers. Keep it up!

    • Tony Cardwell

      I’m glad you like the pick! I’m really excited to see Star play, our defense will be stellar with the freedom of play for Kuechly with the pickup of Star! And I don’t see how anyone could be upset with the fact that he is married, it shows commitment on a next level that most NFL players have never experienced.

  • UofUman

    You folks are gonna love having him clog up the middle for you and your run defense just jumped up 10 spots in the league. Yes, he is married and has two kids, but that is part of his Samoan culture. He has sown his wild oats and is a man and comes ready to do a job. Congrats on the pick and all the Utes on your team.

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