Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - The Carolina Panthers have signed defensive
tackle Star Lotulelei, the club's first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Lotulelei was selected with the 14th overall pick of last month's draft after
a stellar career at Utah. He was a first-team All-America as a senior in 2012
after posting a team-high 11 tackles for loss to go along with five sacks.
In 38 career games, including 28 starts, at Utah, he finished with 107
tackles, 22 1/2 tackles for loss and seven sacks with four forced fumbles and
five fumble recoveries.
The Panthers also signed their fourth-round pick, guard Edmund Kugbila.
"Star gives us an impactful three-down defensive lineman and Edmund has a lot
of natural ability and upside that we will work to develop," said Panthers
general manager Dave Gettleman. "We look forward to seeing both players
contribute to the team."
Kugbila played in 45 games with 32 starts at Division II Valdosta State.
The Panthers also waived/injured tight end Logan Brock and claimed linebacker
Ryan Rau off waivers from Cleveland on Wednesday.
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