Rivera likes what he sees from rookie DTs

Updated: May 11, 2013, 6:36 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ron Rivera didn't anticipate the Carolina Panthers would use their first two draft picks on defensive tackles.

Then again, he didn't expect Purdue's Kawann Short would be there in the middle of the second round.

Rivera says the Panthers had a first-round grade on Short, so when he fell to the 44th spot overall they wasted no time turning in their pick -- even after taking fellow defensive tackle Star Lotulelei from Utah in round one.

Rivera called Short a ...

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