In the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, the Carolina Panthers have selected Kawann Short. Kawann Short, a Defensive Tackle out of Purdue University, is the 44th overall pick in the NFL draft.
Immediately I am already starting to question the pick. Why did we pick up yet another Defensive Tackle after picking up Star Lotulelei? I would have rather have Keenan Allen out of California or an Offensive Tackle or a Corner Back/Safety to boost the Secondary. Either way though, Short has first round talent, though I’m sure he flew way under the radar for everyone who was projecting the draft picks. He will be a great player for the Panthers, though I’m sure this is making “Big Dwan” sweat, as I’m sure he is already worried about keeping his starting job, which is exactly what my mind went straight to.
I’m not too excited about the pick; again, it doesn’t exactly make sense for a team that has a proven and stout Defensive Line already. Then again, I sort of saw this coming with Gettleman’s “Hog-Mollies” comment a few weeks ago. With that comment I expected yet another Defensive Tackle to be chosen in the draft, but I wasn’t expecting yet another “Hog-Molly” to be chosen so soon. Back to back Defensive Tackles? Again I’m very skeptical.
Along with “Big Dwan’s” starting job, I’m starting to worry about the futures of the other Defensive Tackles on the Panther’s roster. We all know that Sione Fua is an underachiever, and Frank Kearse proved to be a decent backup with Ron and Dwan Edwards both out with injuries, but Kearse is just a backup, he doesn’t have the talent and that’s that. I just wish the Panthers would have spent their draft pick in a much needed position, like an Offensive Lineman or a Secondary player. It would have made more sense to me, but then again that’s my opinion and you know what they say about opinions.
Those are my thoughts on the second pick by the Panthers, but what are yours? Please leave them in the comments below.