November 3, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes defensive tackles Tenny Palepoi (91) and Star Lotulelei (92) celebrate a sack during the first half against the Washington State Cougars at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: Carolina Panthers Select Star Lotulelei


The Carolina Panthers patiently waited with the No. 14 pick in the draft and watched a top five talent fall right in to their laps. Thanks to the early run on offensive lineman, the Panthers were able to select Utah’s Star Lotulelei.

Lotulelei is a dominating presence in the interior defensive line and he will be able to eat up blockers that will allow linebacker Luke Kuechly to run free.

With Lotulelei on the board, this was a no-brainer for the Panthers. For the Panthers, this selection was a home run.

Here are the current draft results:

1. Kansas City Chiefs — Eric Fisher, offensive tackle, Central Michigan
2.  Jacksonville Jaguars — Luke Joeckel, offensive tackle, Texas A&M
3. Miami Dolphins (via Oakland Raiders) — Dion Jordan, Outside Linebacker, Oregon
4. Philadelphia Eagles —  Lane Johnson, offensive tackle, Oklahoma
5. Detroit Lions — Ezekiel Ansah, defensive end, BYU
6.  Cleveland Browns — Barkevious Mingo, outside linebacker, LSU
7. Arizona Cardinals — Jonathan Cooper, guard, North Carolina
8. St. Louis Rams (from Buffalo Bills) —  Tavon Austin, wide receiver, West Virginia
9. New York Jets —  Dee Milliner, cornerback, Alabama
10. Tennessee Titans —  Chance Warmack, guard, Alabama
11. San Diego Chargers — DJ Fluker, offensive tackle, Alabama
12. Oakland Raiders (from Miami Dolphins) — DJ Hayden, cornerback, Houston
13. New York Jets (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers) — Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle, Missouri
14. Carolina Panthers —  Star Lotulelei, defensive tackle, Utah

The draft is always a treat for NFL fans, so be sure that you tune in and see who the newest players to rock your favorite teams uniforms will be, and stay tuned to FanSided.com throughout the draft for the latest news, rumors and analysis of every pick.

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