Analyzing the Carolina Panthers, position by position, ahead of free agency and the NFL draft. Up next: Defensive line. Three things to know ▪ Hoke takes over: After promoting Eric Washington to defensive coordinator, Carolina hired Brady Hoke to coach the defensive line. Hoke spent 34 years at the collegiate level, and has large shoes to fill. He’s also inheriting some impressive players. ▪ Peppers back? The Panthers hope to re-sign veteran defensive end Julius Peppers, who at age 37 tied for the team lead in sacks last season. Peppers had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Thursday. ▪ Star’s time? Carolina must decide whether to sign free agent defensive tackle Star Lotulelei to a lucrative, long-term deal this spring. All-Pro left guard Andrew Norwell is also due for a big deal, which complicates matters. On the roster ▪ Kawann Short: Carolina’s big-money defensive tackle earned his dollars in 2017. Short is one of the stalwarts on a line that has been among the best in the league for the past five seasons.