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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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I can't believe this actually happened. Having the pick between Star and Floyd? This draft fell absolutely perfectly for us.


hell yea! is this real life?
GETTLEMAGICJIZZHAPPYTIME
SO fuging wet.
STAR
YES!!!!!!
God bless. I prayed for Star last night.

I think most of the forum is glad you were wrong. :)



Happy to take one for the team. :)
Defense now depends on Beason
why is it gettlemagic, he didnt do anything, its just how the draft went. I dont even think Hurney could have fuged up that pick.
Calling it now. Charles Godfrey is going to the ProBowl this year.
If we were picking number one overall, this guy would have been my pick. Rarely can you get this caliber player at that point in the draft. The future is bright.
Gettlemania!!!
Live Rivera and Gettleman presser right now on Panthers.com.
with this pick, if we can some how manage to keep Hardy after next season we have the best front 7 in the NFL for the next 4 years at least :-)


<- very very happy
Damn real
Greg Hardy, Charles Johnson, Star Lotulelei.



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Congrats and great pick for the Panthers. Good luck in the years to come Star!
And just like that everyone asks themselves WTF were we doing with Hurney all those years?

And just like that everyone asks themselves WTF were we doing with Hurney all those years?


Waiting for JR to wake up.
hurney clearly would have drafted a running back. ;)
Thank God. Good day to be a panther
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carolina-chuck
Apr 25 2013 09:16 PM
Gettleman Magic!!!!!!
Zod, didn't it feel good to type "Star Loutulelei" at the end of this thread title?

why is it gettlemagic, he didnt do anything, its just how the draft went. I dont even think Hurney could have fuged up that pick.


If Hurney's still GM the panthers select Manti Te'o or some poo