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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.

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Herbert The Love Bug
Apr 25 2013 09:16 PM

Hardy, Edwards, Star, and CJ with Luke lining up behind them

Live in fear you bitches


Add Beason and TD if they are both healthy. Holy hell, let's just get that secondary addressed and we will be insane
Just love how Gettleman says his name, not Star, "Stahh"
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CardiacCats
Apr 25 2013 09:17 PM
it doesn't seem real oh my god. and i'm feeling better all these teams like pitt and san fran who are great talent evaluators are passing on floyd
Heck yes!!!!
There is a God!!! Johnson, Star, Edwards, Hardy, Beason, Kuechly, Davis........Rip to the competition

Zod, didn't it feel good to type "Star Loutulelei" at the end of this thread title?



TO be honest, I had the edit screen pulled up with his name typed in since this morning.
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Herbert The Love Bug
Apr 25 2013 09:18 PM

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.


Hurney would have drafted Sylvester Williams or Manti Teo
Definitely a Rivera pick
This was the best possible pick for us at 14. Could not have gone any better.
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Im Jizzing to death holy poo!! Love how fast the pick came in too that was awesome, wow this is crazy!!
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carolina-chuck
Apr 25 2013 09:20 PM
I cried with joy when Jets took Sheldon
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carolina-chuck
Apr 25 2013 09:21 PM

Definitely a Rivera pick


More like Gettleman and a NYG pick
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.
Naw, 3-4 we coming baby
Floyd took a bunch of money throughout his career, including from guys who expect something big in return and have a reputation for enforcing their expectations. Floyd comes from absolute squalor and it's understandable that he took what was offered. There is some concern about the collateral consequences of having to deal with his early stage financiers.
Star, Kraken, Big Money, and Frankenstein
Heart rate is finally normal. Praise Jesus.

I cried with joy when Jets took Sheldon


LOL me too. I was crying laughing hahaha. I almost forgot who he was when they said his name. Cause I was thinking how the heck did this guy get to be the first DT off the board. Then Shariff Floyd is still on the board. So when our pick was up I was thinking everybody is still on the board we can get anybody we want.

I'm so excited right now with the possibilities we have!!!!
Staaahhh
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Herbert The Love Bug
Apr 25 2013 09:25 PM
Let's hope one of the top WRs, Eifert, or a top safet/CB is available with our second round pick
Now I really hope Colin Cole pans out so that we can send Fua packing
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SZ James (banned)
Apr 25 2013 09:25 PM
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we back?
Adopt a Panther starts tonite....I want Star.
Well this is just excellent news.