1. DT Star Lotulelei
He was the 14th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. The defensive coordinator under head coach Ron Rivera was Sean McDermott. And the assistant general manager at that time was Brandon Beane, who wound up being with that franchise for almost 20 years.
Massive Star Lotulelei was a highly-reliable player for Rivera’s and McDermott’s defensive units. While he was never accorded Pro Bowl honors, he did the dirty work on the inside. He was a 16-game starter in three of his five seasons in Charlotte and was part of four playoff teams. That includes the club’s 15-1 campaign which led to Super Bowl 50.
He joined the Bills in 2018 and was a 16-game starter for two straight years. He opted out of 2020 and this past season, was limited to career lows in games (11) and starts (8) due to injury and COVID concerns.
A team that allowed the fewest total yards per game and an NFL-low 289 points in 17 outings in 2021 were humbled by the Chiefs in the divisional playoffs. Kansas City rolled up 42 points and 552 total yards of offense in the overtime victory. Along with Lotulelei, there could be other changes coming in regards to Leslie Frazier’s defensive unit.