Dave Gettleman comes across as a nice grandfather, the guy you want to come over because he'll make you laugh and bring presents for your kids.
He was thrilled to have the opportunity to select Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei with the 14th pick in the NFL draft. Here's how thrilled he was. Gettleman had 10 minutes to make the pick. He required only a minute and a half.
How'd he know?
Gettleman told the media it was like when we met our wives. We knew in a minute and a half.
He emphasized that league doctors checked Lotulelei, gave him an MRI and an EKG.
"Our docs" -- NFL doctors -- "felt very comfortable," says Gettleman. "He's fine."
Why Lotulelei and not, say, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd of Florida and the SEC?
"It really starts with size and power," Gettleman says.
Be odd to see the Panthers with a big and agile man in the middle. Be interesting.