New Panthers general manager David Gettleman waited less than 30 seconds before sending in the card to draft his first pick since taking over in Carolina. Defensive tackle long has been a trouble spot for the Panthers, and they wound up having their pick of talented options: Florida's Shariff Floyd stayed on the board until he was picked by the Minnesota Vikings at No. 23 overall.
Lotulelei, who was medically cleared after a scare with a test on his heart at the NFL Scouting Combine, fits better than Floyd for what Panthers coach Ron Rivera wants out of his defensive tackles -- bulk. The Panthers have a promising defensive line now with Greg Hardy, Charles Johnson and Lotulelei taking three of the four spots.