With the 44th pick in the draft, the Carolina Panthers select…

Kawann Short, DT, Purdue Boilermakers (6-3, 299)

After grabbing Star Lotulelei in the first round, Carolina follows that acquisition up with defensive tackle Kawaan Short in the second round. These two picks turn the Panthers' interior defensive line, which was a major weakness in 2012, into a strength and gives their defense a chance to take a huge step forward in 2013. I love new GM Dave Gettlemen's first two draft picks.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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