The Super Bowl is over. One Harbaugh has a ring, the other left to wipe away the residue from an over abundance of mouth-foam, and some new lines caused by a season of scowling. Ray Lewis won a second Lombardi trophy (because God hates Chris Culliver), and all is right in the universe. Meanwhile in Charlotte, Dave Gettleman is assembling his Justice League of Hurney appointees, and trying to guide the Carolina Panthers' first draft. The front-office's season begins today. Over on Mocking the Draft, they have the first mock draft with the final draft order set, and it has the Panthers going a well-trodden route -- picking a defensive tackle. Two stellar defensive ends, and the best young linebacker in the NFL (accept it Buccaneers and Seahawks fans): The Panthers have a lot to work with on defense, but they've been without a defensive tackle since before Kris Jenkins left -- that was 2007. The never-ending quest to find diamonds in the rough consistently turned up pebbles, and it's still hard to know how Carolina's defense played as well as it did in 2012 given the glaring weaknesses.
Carolina Panthers: Defensive tackle still the pick
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