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Round 1: Carolina Panthers Select Star Lotulelei

Apr 24 2013 06:24 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
With their first pick in the 2013 Draft the Carolina Panthers select Star Lotulelei

Rarely does a player come along who so thoroughly dominates his competition that he generates buzz across the entire nation despite posting only average statistics and playing in a relatively small media market. That is precisely what 6-3, 318-pound defensive tackle Star Lotulelei accomplished for Utah.
Recognized by Pac-12 offensive linemen as the best defensive lineman in the conference with the Morris Trophy in 2011, Lotulelei posted 44 tackles, nine tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks despite facing consistent double- and even occasional triple-team blocks in 2011.
He battled through the same level of attention from defensive coordinators in 2012, and still earned his second selection to the All-Pac-12 first team. He finished the regular season with a team-high 11 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks to go along with four pass breakups, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.
Lotulelei, who was born in Tonga, is married with a daughter. He prepped at Bingham High School in South Jordan, where he was part of a state championship team.
He then spent two years at Snow College, racking up 52 tackles, 14 for losses, three sacks and a forced fumble in 2008. He attended Snow again in 2009, but did not play football before transferring to Utah.
Lotulelei's once rock-solid status as a top half of the first round selection took a major hit when his medical check at the Scouting Combine revealed a heart issue. He immediately returned home and began undergoing a battery of tests from doctors. Rob Rang reported in early April that Lotulelei had passed the "gold standard" of heart tests, but many teams are likely to remove him from their draft boards nonetheless.

http://www.cbssports.../star-lotulelei

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STAR!!!!

No offense to Ron Edwards, but with this addition we're going to have the best defensive front 4, and for that matter front 7, in the league.



Let's not get carried away, friend.

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we back?


We back. We better than eva.
Amazing. Knew once OAK didn't grab him, it was a wrap. On to round 2!!!! Wooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!
Wow, this has got to be the only player the huddle is 100% all aboard on... This draft fell perfect for us as we had other good choices available too but Star was obviously the one we all wanted.

I hope round 2 is just as lucky for us
Great pick!

We back. We better than eva.

I think this line could be better than the 2003 line. CJ and Hardy>Peppers and Rucker
Man I just love this pick. We now have a defense is going to be dangerous now. Just go after a good WR in the second round and I'm happy. Yea baby!! Welcome to the Panthers Star. I wish upon a Star tonight. :rock:
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carolina-chuck
Apr 25 2013 09:33 PM

Naw, 3-4 we coming baby


Don't even start this
Thank you Jets for passing on Star.

I think this line could be better than the 2003 line. CJ and Hardy>Peppers and Rucker


This is catbird-seat territory. How the hell did we catch Star? I am still in shock.
OUR FRONT SEVEN IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS ON PAPER!
Will this be the year the defense doesn't bend over to every single running back that comes its way?
Outstanding.

ESPN made it seem like Carolina did Star a favor though, lol. Never change Mel Kiper Jr.
Rivera's already proven he can field a top 5 defense....now it looks like the pieces are coming together...wow
The people on ESPN were talking like he never got the the QB in college, saying " he wont get to the QB, and DTs that do not get to the QB dont do well in the league" he had 5 sacks last year and looked impressive. I think if he can get better footwork and hands, I think he is a all-pro for sure! I wanted him all along, A big move to getting back to the old Panthers D!!!!
Nose Tackles aren't supposed to be efficient at getting to the QB.
Told ya so :)
This pick sucks. He might play two years and then never again with his condition.

Honestly we're like the NFC Cleveland browns with a QB

This pick sucks. He might play two years and then never again with his condition.

Honestly we're like the NFC Cleveland browns with a QB


Jesus Christ, shut the fug up
It was star or akeem spence from my perspective. Our defensive rush significantly improved.

This pick sucks. He might play two years and then never again with his condition.

Honestly we're like the NFC Cleveland browns with a QB


Get out.

This pick sucks. He might play two years and then never again with his condition.

Honestly we're like the NFC Cleveland browns with a QB


You are aware that doctors were amazed at the rate his heart healed, right?

Of course you don't. gtfo

This pick sucks. He might play two years and then never again with his condition.

Honestly we're like the NFC Cleveland browns with a QB


Oy :rolleyes:
FYI: His full first name is "Starlite".

I'd expect the veterans to bring that up a time or two during camp :lol:

This pick sucks. He might play two years and then never again with his condition.

Honestly we're like the NFC Cleveland browns with a QB

Dude are you really going that way? Stop been so down on this pick. The doctors already did test on the guy back in Utah and said he was fine. Surprise you ain't saying this about Frank Alexander as well since he has a heart condition as well. Smh!!