« VIDEO: Joseph Person talks Star Lotulelei | Main | Panthers take D-II guard Edmund Kugbila in fourth round »

April 26, 2013

Panthers double down with defensive tackles, take Purdue's Kawann Short

Less than one day after the Panthers took Utah DT Star Lotulelei with the No. 14 overall selection, the Carolina Panthers took another defensive tackle in the second round. 

Purdue's Kawann Short becamethe newest Panther when Carolina took him with the 44th overall pick Friday night.

Short, who started in 50 consecutive games for the Boilermakers, finished his four-year career with 19.5 sacks and was third among all active players in the NCAA FBS with 49 tackles for a loss.

“He’s the most natural pass rusher of all the defensive tackles in the draft," Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said. "He was at the top of our board. We worked him out, we brought him in, spent time with him... and we feel really good about this pick. It gives us a tremendous defensive line rotation."

Carolina now has an interior rotation of Dwan Edwards, Lotulelei, Short, Frank Kearse, Sione Fua, Colin Cole and Nate Chandler.

The Panthers do not have a third-round pick, and Gettleman said flatly the team would not be trading into the draft for another pick Friday night.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on April 26, 2013 at 07:35 PM | Permalink


Another Big Hog. Love it!

Posted by: Tim Shinn | Apr 26, 2013 7:44:13 PM

Another Big Hog. Love it!

Posted by: Tim Shinn | Apr 26, 2013 7:44:17 PM

What the heck? TWO fatboys and no playmakers. This franchise is hurting.

Posted by: Joke | Apr 26, 2013 7:45:42 PM

No secondary help?! and we took him over John Jenkins?!?!

Posted by: NoWay | Apr 26, 2013 7:47:41 PM

No secondary help?! and we took him over John Jenkins?!?!

Posted by: NoWay | Apr 26, 2013 7:47:42 PM

trust grasshopper, secondary plenty later

Posted by: elvis | Apr 26, 2013 7:49:47 PM

Lets ignore the fact that the panthers still don't have quality CBs or Safeties but why are the panthers determined to go boom or bust in round 2? Jesse Williams from Alabama is better than Short and has a higher ceiling.

Posted by: DWard | Apr 26, 2013 7:52:00 PM

Very questionable pick! Why pick a reserve DT with your 2nd round pick when we have so many holes? Are we worried that NO, ATL, SF, Seattle and NE are going to beat us next year by running the ball.

Now I am back to wondering whether this is a team in the right direction.
We are going to get lit up next year with your swiss cheese secondary!

Posted by: Tyler Kadison | Apr 26, 2013 7:55:11 PM

Looks like we're going with pressure instead of coverage. Let's keep our fingers crossed. That being said, the middle is closed for business!

Posted by: Cltcat | Apr 26, 2013 7:55:48 PM

I liked the Star pick a lot, but this is a bit over the top. 4 DTs in the top 3 rounds in past 3 years. 1st round LB last draft. This is too much emphasis on the defensive front 7. other pressing needs.

Posted by: Bill | Apr 26, 2013 7:56:37 PM

agree on the secondary issues, our two biggest competitors Saints and Falcons have elite QB's that can throw the ball all over the yard. the only time we got interceptions last year was on under thrown balls. I am hoping a free agent or trade is in the works, we can't out score our opponents

Posted by: elvis | Apr 26, 2013 7:59:01 PM

Well the middle of the d-line is set for the next few years. But with the depth at DL I felt that we could of gotten depth here later. I am sure he will replace Edwards full time next year. Well he better!

Posted by: Ron | Apr 26, 2013 8:04:58 PM

while safety is a much bigger priority......if they felt they could address it later or through a last minute free agent...so be it. Defensive tackle was still a need, even after getting lotulelei. Edwards is only a 1 year guy, we need long term solutions. and depth. we've had DT's go down consistently over the past several years.

We have 1 gaping hole in the secondary but we have 4 solid guys back there and a couple new veterans who may or may not be solid backups. we know what munnerlyn is capable of. we know what godfrey is capable of. norman and thomas looked great at times and bad at times last year but for first time starters, they looked like they would be completely capable of starting for us for a while. the problem was nakamura/martin. one couldn't tackle, one couldn't play the ball. but that's our last starting spot not addressed.

as for playmakers........we have like 10 playmakers already. there's only 1 ball. williams stewart tolbert and newton should be running the eff outta the ball and when they aren't.....we have smith, lafell, olsen. if someone gets hurt we currently have gettis, edwards, hixon, ginn, pilares, adams, etc. and they will all be fighting for 2-3 spots. cream will rise. last thing we needed in this draft was an offensive playmaker.

if you meant defensive......all defensive players are playmakers.

last time we drafted a defensive tackle in the second round his name was kris jenkins.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 26, 2013 8:26:23 PM

Ron, all good stuff until you placed creditability to the E word "edwards"

no way he should even get paid gas money to drive to Wofford this pre season, not his fault, he is just chasing his dream, panthers mgmt

just wait 3-5 more years, he will be mentioned with Leaf, Russell, Carr, Carter, etc..

Posted by: elvis | Apr 26, 2013 8:42:04 PM

Not exactly what i thought would happen, Cyperian was gone so. I think The Joshes will be fine ecspecially Norman. But front seven And depth Wow i am jacked! With this front seven not going to be alot of time for opposing to get the ball down field!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Apr 26, 2013 8:44:49 PM

I guess nobody remembers how the Giants rose to power and won 2 Super Bowls? With a nasty D-Line, you don't need superstars in the secondary. We spent money in free agency to shore up the secondary. With Start and Edwards/ Short rushing up the middle, and CJ and Hardy coming off the edge, QB's aren't gonna have all day to pass. Nakamura won't be starting this year, and we have an adequate enough secondary. We still might be sble to get a safety like Rambo from UGA tomorrow.

Posted by: jrguyiii | Apr 26, 2013 9:06:05 PM


Posted by: jrguyiii | Apr 26, 2013 9:07:12 PM

Last year's starters are now backups. That's progress. I think we're in the process of converting to a 3-4. Lotulelei at NT, Short at one DE, Johnson at the other DE, Hardy at Elephant OLB. Beason & Kuechly in the middle, and Davis at the other OLB.

Posted by: Procton's Proctologist | Apr 26, 2013 9:19:28 PM

Remember the Panthers' biggest issues last year? On offense, it was not being able to sustain drives and get TDs. On defense, it was not being able to get pressure on the QB. Give a quality QB time, and he will dissect your secondary regardless of how good it is.

I love these first two picks. Gettleman is attacking the Panther's main issue on defense and attacking it hard. We finally have depth on the D-line. Get pressure on the opposing QB, get him on his toes, and he'll make mistakes, make errant throws, or not make throws at all, and your average secondary starts to look dominant.

Now I just hope that the progress the Panthers' offense made at the end of 2012 carries through to this year, and the free-agent moves the Panthers have made so far help as well. It will be interesting to see what positions Gettleman goes after with his final three picks. It's nice to have a GM who knows what he's doing.

Posted by: Jason | Apr 26, 2013 9:19:34 PM

Elvis, thanks but I don't see how you can compare short our 2nd round draft pick to 1st round bust from years ago. Short is a rotation guy and I see him taking dwan Edwards spot next year after his contract is up. Short is known for his pass rush. So he will see mostly 3rd downs and long 2nds. But what I see is a scary group on passing downs. Edwards,short,Johnson, and hardy all skilled with getting to the qb. Should make for interesting play calls. I just hope that they don't continue to just blitz 4 guys while everyone else sits in zone.

Posted by: Ron | Apr 26, 2013 10:07:16 PM

Don't like the pick. It might just be coincidence, but drafting tandems hasn't worked out for this team. McClain and Fua, Edwards and LaFell, Gross and Nelson. Star was a fantastic pick and luck of the draw. Taking a talent with questionable work ethic at the same position doesn't seem like a good move for a team looking to get two starters in the first and second round.

Posted by: Phillip | Apr 26, 2013 10:22:43 PM

Don't forget Carolina had Ricky Manning Jr. & Reggie Howard as corners, Minter and Deon Grant as safeties. Peppers, Rucker & Jenkins on the line when we went to Super Bowl!! Great picks!!! Free up the DE's and LB's to do damage!!!

Posted by: Steve | Apr 26, 2013 10:37:09 PM

I am not Dave Gettleman but I fail to see the logic in this pick. Someone on the defensive side is going to get cut before training camp. There are too many holes on this team and too few picks to be picking two DT's in a row. A offensive lineman or a defensive backfield pick would have made more sense here. Go figure?

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Apr 26, 2013 10:39:10 PM

It's what the Giants would do. We hired a Giant GM. Don't act so surprised that he is following their blueprint. I would have preferred a safety as well but won't assume they aren't aware of that issue

Posted by: Sports don | Apr 26, 2013 10:45:02 PM

I get the pick! If you don't you must be a fantasy football dork! The days of being pushed around up front are over! Still plenty of free agents available to fill holes!

Posted by: joe cool | Apr 26, 2013 11:28:28 PM

The comments to this entry are closed.