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Add possession of marijuana to Aldon Smith’s list

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As the news stacks up regarding this morning’s DUI arrest for 49ers outside linebacker, there’s plenty of reason to wonder if he’ll play this week.

According to Matt Maiocco of, Smith was also charged with possession of marijuana in addition to suspicion of DUI. He was arrested at 7 a.m., which means he was ostensibly on his way to work when he crashed his car.

The 49ers have issued the usual boilerplate statement, but they have also provided precedent.

Last season, when defensive tackle DeMarcus Dobbs was arrested on similar charges after a single-car accident, they left him at home while the rest of the team traveled to St. Louis.

Then again, DeMarcus Dobbs doesn’t have 37.0 sacks in 34 career games, and the 49ers don’t have to board a plane this week, as they host the Colts.

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Dolphins got “best player in draft” Tunsil, think he’s a guard

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil of Ole Miss looks on during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

There’s a glass of coffee half-full/half-empty question to ask, as it pertains to the Dolphins having Laremy Tunsil land in their laps last night.

On one hand, they thought they acquired the best player in the draft. On the other, the Dolphins think the best player in the draft is a guard, at least for now.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins were stunned to see Tunsil slide, and when he passed the Ravens’ spot at No. 6, they thought they had a real chance at him.

“We’re sitting there watching the best player in the draft fall and we started talking about this might actually be happening for us,” a team source told Salguero. “We’re picking 13 and the best player in the draft just fell to us.”

For now, their plan is to use Tunsil at guard, assuming left tackle Branden Albert and right tackle Ja’Wuan James stay healthy. That’s not safe to assume though, and Tunsil will ostensibly take over for the 31-year-old Albert at some point.

But starting him inside helps shore up one of the Dolphins’ weakest spots, and buys him some time to acclimate to the NFL.

And as last night showed — with someone close enough to him to get password access leaking bong rip videos and Instagram allegations of money changing hands at Ole Miss to his social media accounts — Tunsil might need some insulation at the moment.

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Jerry Jones on Ezekiel Elliott: This wasn’t a pure offensive pick

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  Draftee Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State arrives to the 2016 NFL Draft on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Cowboys picked Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall on Thursday night, marking the highest draft position for a running back since the Browns took Trent Richardson with the third pick in 2012.

By taking Elliott, the Cowboys passed on defensive players like Jalen Ramsey and DeForest Buckner who could have helped a unit that failed to impress last season. After the selection was made, though, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said it wasn’t a “pure offensive pick” and coach Jason Garrett explained why the team feels Elliott will make their defense better.

“Hopefully you possess the ball more,” Garrett said, via the team’s website. “You get more plays on offense, fewer plays on defense, and that allows your defense to play at a higher level. It’s similar to how we played a couple years ago, when we ran the ball so effectively — and I thought it had a really positive impact on everybody on our team. We believe Zeke gives us a chance to do that.”

Garrett also thinks Elliott will help the passing game be more effective and Jones shared his belief that running backs need less time to acclimate themselves to the professional game than players on the defensive side tend to need. Unmentioned was that Elliott’s decision to sport a crop top on his way into the draft showed a Texas-sized ability to land in the spotlight, which certainly isn’t something that Jones has frowned upon in the past.

Fashion sense aside, there’s some merit to all of the football-related points. Now Elliott just has to prove to be a better choice than Richardson was in Cleveland.

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Eagles coach: Bradford still “our guy,” but haven’t spoken to him

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 03:   Sam Bradford #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles is sacked by  Robert Ayers #91 of the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on January 3, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants 35-30.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

Eagles coach Doug Pederson insists that Sam Bradford is “our guy,” and as soon as he actually talks to his expensive free agent quarterback, he’ll tell him that.

Of course, he hasn’t spoken with Bradford since they traded for the No. 2 overall pick so they could grab Carson Wentz, and Bradford demanded a trade and said he wouldn’t be coming back to work in Philadelphia, so that’s kind of complicating things.

“Well, right now we’re still in April, we’re beginning phases of our OTAs coming up in May,” Pederson said in an interview with NBC 10, via “I’ve said all along Sam’s our guy, he’s my guy, and he’s a part of the Philadelphia Eagles, and it’s just unfortunate where we are right now.

“But the thing is once he’s here, he’s our guy. Because it’s a voluntary offseason program there’s not a whole lot we can do. But at the same time we just know we want him to be a part of the Philadelphia Eagles this year.”

Bradford lost a bit of the leverage he had last night when the Broncos traded up for quarterback Paxton Lynch, limiting the amount of potential places he could be traded by at least one if not two (since the 49ers appear stuck with Colin Kaepernick as a result, making Chip Kelly bringing Bradford in a second time less likely).

The next step is monitoring the damage control in Philadelphia. ESPN’s Twitter-less Sal Paolantonio said during the broadcast last night that Bradford wasn’t taking Pederson’s calls, which Pederson sort-of confirmed by saying he hadn’t talked to Bradford since the trade demand.

“I have not,” Pederson said. “Not right now. I had a chance to sit down with him just and visit with him 1-on-1 prior to our minicamp a week ago. Other than that, I haven’t had a chance to visit with him.”

If Bradford gets his way, he might not. But unless someone unexpectedly emerges as a suitor for an expensive quarterback with a 25-37-1 career record and no postseason experience, Bradford may be stuck holding a place for Wentz whether he likes it or not.

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Friday morning one-liners

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  (L-R) Jared Goff of the California Golden Bears walks on stage after being picked #1 overall by the Los Angeles Rams during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) Getty Images

DE Shaq Lawson said Bills coach Rex Ryan’s son Seth, a Clemson teammate, hinted that his dad’s team would make him a first-round choice.

Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier said T Laremy Tunsil was the No. 2 player on their board.

The Patriots get to join the draft on Friday night.

Trading DE Muhammad Wilkerson is not something Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan envisions.

The Ravens weren’t talking about their plans for a starter at left tackle on Thursday night.

CB William Jackson thought he was going to be drafted by the Steelers, but wound up as the Bengals’ choice.

Thursday night seemed to go well for Browns QB Robert Griffin III.

The Steelers expect to add more defensive help after taking CB Artie Burns in the first round.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien tried to recruit WR Will Fuller when he was at Penn State, but Fuller wasn’t allowed to pick his team this time around.

The Colts wouldn’t mind if C Ryan Kelly’s career unfolded like Jeff Saturday’s time with the team.

The Jaguars didn’t expect CB Jalen Ramsey to be available with the fifth pick.

Titans General Manager Jon Robinson spoke highly of T Jack Conklin’s toughness.

The Broncos website breaks down the trade that brought QB Paxton Lynch to Denver.

Thursday night’s trade marked the sixth time the Chiefs have dealt themselves out of the first round.

A knee injury wasn’t enough to keep the Raiders from drafting S Karl Joseph.

DE Joey Bosa’s “football temperament” was part of the reason the Chargers took him with the third pick.

RB Ezekiel Elliott’s fashion sense had him trending on Twitter before the Cowboys picked him at No. 4.

Tracing the series of events that led to CB Eli Apple being drafted by the Giants.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson invoked Brett Favre’s name while talking about QB Carson Wentz.

Where will the Redskins go in the second round after drafting WR Josh Doctson on Thursday night?

LB Leonard Floyd says he’s comfortable doing anything the Bears want him to do.

The Lions aren’t saying what side of the line they expect T Taylor Decker to play.

DT Kenny Clark declared himself excited to play for a team with as much history as the Packers.

WR Laquon Treadwell was surprised he dropped to the Vikings with the 23rd pick, but believes he “fell to the right spot.”

Five things to know about Falcons S Keanu Neal, none of which have anything to do with a propensity for saying “Whoa.”

Said Panthers DT Vernon Butler of going from Louisiana Tech to the NFL, “Big school guys, they think they’re probably the best, but small school guys, we can show them what we can do.”

The Saints may find a highly-rated player waiting for them in the second round.

CB Vernon Hargreaves is the 10th University of Florida product drafted by the Buccaneers.

Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim believes DT Robert Nkemdiche has “rare upside” for his position.

QB Jared Goff started his Rams career by calling the guy who will sign his checks “awesome.”

DE DeForest Buckner is happy about being reunited with familiar faces with the 49ers.

OL Germain Ifedi was exactly as excited about being picked by the Seahawks in the first round as you’d expect.

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Myles Jack may have made things worse for himself by talking

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  Draftee Myles Jack of UCLA and his mother La Sonjia Fisher Jack arrive to the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images) Getty Images

NFL teams knew Myles Jack’s knee was an issue, after poking at it thoroughly at the Scouting Combine and the subsequent medical re-check.

But it might have been something the talented-but-injured UCLA linebacker said about his condition that scared a number of teams away, as much as the condition itself.

After Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman took Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler with the 30th, he made the obligatory remark about Butler being the highest-rated player on their board.

He was then asked if Jack was even on his board.

“Oh, yeah,” Gettleman replied immediately.

When asked if he was surprised Jack was still available — since many thought would have been a top 10 pick if not for a knee injury that’s going to require more attention — Gettleman was frank.

“Not after what he said today,” Gettleman said. “Very frankly. The kid came out and said he is going to need a microfracture.”

The cartilage in Jack’s right knee was damaged in the practice accident that ended his final season, and teams already had concerns about when and to what degree he’d be back to his old form.

Jack admitted that the day before the draft began, and the admission could be a costly one. It’s not as if the teams with access to his medical records didn’t know there was some degree of problem, but Gettleman’s reaction indicated that talking about it raised the red flag a few feet up the pole.

As someone in the truth-telling business, it’s not a happy thought to consider, but it’s worth wondering whether Jack would be on a team right now if he had just kept his diagnosis to himself.

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Report: Jets tried to trade for Tunsil, but price was too high

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  Laremy Tunsil of Mississippi arrives to the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images) Getty Images

Tackle Laremy Tunsil’s bizarre draft night ended when the Dolphins drafted him with the 13th overall selection, but another AFC East team was reportedly trying to stop his slide even easier.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets wanted to trade up from No. 20 to take Tunsil, but found that the asking price from the teams picking in front of the Dolphins was too high to make the deal happen. As divisional rivals who employ the Jets’ former General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, the prospect of making a deal with Miami would have been unlikely even if the Dolphins didn’t want to take Tunsil themselves.

One of the teams the Jets may have contacted was the Saints, who picked 12th and took Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins. Coach Sean Payton said that the team had an unexpected conversation about Tunsil being available, something that likely went on for several teams that never thought Tunsil would be an option.

“As Laremy came down the board, obviously that was unusual … he’s an extremely talented player, athletic,” Payton said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “You start projecting, ‘alright, who is going to guard?’ But I think we felt real confident with Sheldon. But he [Tunsil] was a very highly graded player and obviously what happened to him tonight was unusual and disappointing. Tough deal for everyone, just watching it and seeing it.”

The Dolphins will have a similar decision to make about which of their tackles will be on the move while the Jets will look elsewhere for a possible long-term replacement for D’Brickashaw Ferguson on their offensive line.

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Cardinals confident Robert Nkemdiche “will fit our culture”

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  (L-R) Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #29 overall by the Arizona Cardinalsduring the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) Getty Images

There were some unexpected drops down the draft board on Thursday night, but defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche landing in Arizona with the 29th pick wasn’t one of them.

On talent alone, Nkemdiche might have gone in the first few picks but no one was surprised that he was one of the final picks of the round after Nkemdiche tumbled out of a fourth-floor window in December, got arrested on a marijuana charge and admitted that his effort wasn’t always all it could have been during his college career. It’s not the kind of background that fills one with confidence that everything will come together as a professional.

The Cardinals have no such doubts, however. General Manager Steve Keim said that the team spent more time with Nkemdiche than any other prospect and feel like the problems are “in the rear-view mirror.” Coach Bruce Arians said that he believes the only place Nkemdiche will be a “nightmare” is on opposing offensive lines.

“I think the culture of our locker room speaks for itself,” Arians said, via the team’s website. “He will fit our culture.”

The Cardinals rolled the dice on safety Tyrann Mathieu a few years ago despite off-field concerns and got rewarded with a player who has thrived on the field and showed maturity off of it. Getting the same result with Nkemdiche would make a good defense even more imposing in the years to come.

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Browns could have two full drafts’ worth of picks in 2017

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The Browns are loading up on future draft picks, to such an extent that they think they might end up with the equivalent of two full drafts in 2017.

By trading down from No. 2 to No. 8, and then again from No. 8 to No. 15, the Browns acquired the Eagles’ first-round pick in 2017 and the Titans’ second-round pick in 2017. The Browns also have the Eagles’ second-round pick in 2018. Browns Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta said after the first round that they love what they’re set up to do in next year’s draft.

“It is nice to space them out a little bit so they’re not all in one year so you’re not banking everything one particular draft class,” DePodesta said. “As we sit here now, we have extra picks in 2017 and 2018, and in fact in 2017, I think we have two firsts, two seconds and we may end up with two thirds, a couple of fourths. We literally may have, in effect, two drafts next year within the first four rounds at least. Then, we also have an extra second rounder in 2018.”

By suggesting the Browns could end up with extra third- and fourth-round picks, DePodesta may be indicating that the Browns are open for business with tonight’s first pick. Cleveland might trade down in the second round tonight and pick up a third-round pick next year.

DePodesta did acknowledge, of course, that all those picks are only valuable if you use them to draft good players.

“Look, we may use those picks to move up in the draft or do other things with,” DePodesta said. “It’s certainly a good position to be in. The most important thing at the end of the day is getting the players we want to get and the players we think are going to make a difference here.”

The Browns have already made a difference in one respect: They control the 2017 draft.

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Jerry Jones: We tried to make a move for Paxton Lynch

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 22: Paxton Lynch #12 of the Memphis Tigers reacts during the first half of the game against the Brigham Young Cougars at Marlins Park on December 22, 2014 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) Getty Images

Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones acknowledged after the first round of the NFL draft that he was disappointed about a player who got away: Quarterback Paxton Lynch.

Jones said that after taking running back Ezekiel Elliott with their first-round pick the Cowboys were trying to trade back into the first round to acquire Lynch, who ultimately went to the Broncos.

“We were working real hard to get up there for the quarterback – Paxton Lynch,” Jones said.

Jones said just when he thought he had a deal in place to get Lynch, the Broncos jumped in and made a deal with the Seahawks that allowed them to take Lynch 26th overall.

“Frankly, give Denver credit,” Jones said. “I thought we had it done. It was that close.”

Jones said the Cowboys’ staff loves Lynch and thinks he has the potential to develop into a franchise quarterback. The Cowboys were hoping he’d develop behind Tony Romo.

“He’s a top prospect – got probably the highest upside in the draft,” Jerry Jones said. “Congratulations to Denver.”

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Shaq Lawson disputes report that he needs shoulder surgery


When new Bills pass rush Shaq Lawson recently visited PFT Live, he expressed dismay at being required to return to Indianapolis for the medical re-check, insisting that his shoulder is fine. To no surprise, Lawson has reiterated that position following a post-selection report that he needs surgery.

Via Mike Rodak of, Lawson said there’s “no truth” to the claim that he needs a procedure to repair the upper arm joint that is fairly important to a pass rusher. Lawson added that the right shoulder is the shoulder at issue, but that it’s not an issue — even though something about it has been an issue since his freshman year.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported following the selection of Lawson by the Bills at pick No. 19 that the former Clemson standout “will need shoulder surgery,” that it will “sideline[] him 4-6 months at some point,” and that the surgery will happen “probably after next season.”

Time will tell whether the surgery is necessary. However, whatever the issue is, Lawson will spend his full rookie season playing with it. If he plays well, why would he need surgery at all?

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Browns control the board heading into Friday night


The Cleveland Browns already have shown a willingness to trade down and stockpile picks. They still have more than 12 hours to do it again.

Ever since the NFL decided to move the first round of the draft to prime time, the revised format gives the team at the top of round two an extended opportunity to shop the pick based on the players who remain available after the initial round ends. If a team picking below the Browns covets a players strongly enough, the Browns could slide back for the third time this draft, acquiring more picks both now and in the future.

A trade hinges on whether the Browns get an offer they like — and whether there’s a player they decide they must have right out of the gates in round two. Quarterbacks Connor Cook and Christian Hackenberg are available, as is running back Derrick Henry.

The Cowboys have admitted that they were trying to get back into round one to get a quarterback. If they want Cook or Hackenberg, Dallas could try to leap up from No. 34. The Titans, picking at No. 33, won’t be taking a quarterback, but they could trade down and let a team that wants to cut the line in front of the Cowboys do just that.

Which raises the possibility that the Cowboys were lying about trying to trade back into round one to get a quarterback, in order to ensure that one or both of the picks used before them on Friday night end up devoted to players at a position on which they don’t plan to focus. The Cowboys still need to bolster their pass rush; that could be their true agenda on Friday evening.

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Cowboys couldn’t get Lynch, likely will take a QB Friday

BIRMINGHAM, AL - DECEMBER 30: Paxton Lynch #12 of the Memphis Tigers passes against the Auburn Tigers in the first half of the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field on December 30, 2015 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

They went 1-2, as expected, but there was no run on quarterbacks late in Thursday night’s first round of the NFL Draft.

The Broncos traded up from No, 31 to No. 26 and selected Paxton Lynch, but no other quarterbacks were taken.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Cowboys tried unsuccessfully to make a trade back into the first round to beat the Broncos to Lynch. So, the Broncos have their quarterback of the future and probably won’t be further involved with trade talks involving Colin Kaepernick and Sam Bradford.

The Browns hold the first pick of Friday’s second round, at No, 32, and could also be looking to draft a quarterback. The Cowboys hold pick No. 34 and on Thursday were true to owner Jerry Jones’ earlier words that they’d pursue a quarterback, just not in the first round.

By most pre-draft rankings, Connor Cook is probably the next quarterback off the board. Cardale Jones, Dak Prescott, Christian Hackenberg and Jacoby Brissett, in some order, are in the next group. Whether Cook goes early on Friday or is around for 20 more picks is anyone’s guess.

The wheeling and dealing Browns will probably field calls about their pick and could move it to a team that wants to come up — and not necessarily for a quarterback. Other teams that could potentially be in the quarterback market in the second round are the Chiefs (Nos. 37 and 59), Saints (47), Bills (49) and Jets (51).

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Seahawks take Germain Ifedi to end round one

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The PFT simulated draft had the Seahawks taking guard Germain Ifedi at pick No. 26. They slid down to No. 31, and they still got him.

Ifedi becomes the last pick in round one, beefing up an offensive line that needs plenty of help.

It’s actually bad news for Ifedi, because it’s better to be the first pick in round two than the last pick in round one. The difference on the four-year contractual value isn’t significant, but the Seahawks now have the ability to use the fifth-year option to keep Ifedi away from the open market. Because the franchise tag is never used on an interior offensive lineman (the formula makes it left tackle pay), Ofedi would have been much better off over the long haul with a four-year deal.

The Seahawks will be better off with more help on the offensive line, especially at the inside. More and more teams are loading up the interior pass rush. Ifedi can help slow down the push up the middle that quarterback Russell Wilson will be facing.

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First round ends with Myles Jack still available

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2015, file photo, UCLA linebacker Myles Jack in action against BYU during an NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif. Jack is one of the top defensive players available in the NFL Draft, which starts April 28 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File) AP

Six of the 25 players that took the NFL up on invitations to attend the draft in Chicago remain available at the end of the first round with UCLA linebacker Myles Jack headlining the group.

Jack was expected to be one of the first players off the board for much of the pre-draft process and it wasn’t hard to find people who thought he was the best player in this year’s class, but concerns about the health of his knee triggered a free fall on Thursday night.

Jack admitted Wednesday that he might need to have microfracture surgery and said he understood that the questions about his knee could trigger a drop in the draft. That drop will extend into the second day, where he’ll join Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith as defensive playmakers available for teams willing to roll the dice that things will work out medically.

Jack will have some company during his second night in the green room. Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland also went unpicked and reportedly has a medical question mark of his own due to an enlarged aorta. A pair of Alabama defensive tackles — Jarran Reed and A’Shawn Robinson — will also be back for Round Two.

Clemson defensive end Kevin Dodd and Mississippi State defensive tackle Chris Jones round out the group of draft attendees that didn’t hear their names called in the first round. The Browns will be on the board with the No. 32 pick when the draft resumes on Friday night.

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Panthers take defensive tackle Vernon Butler at No. 30

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Dave Gettleman can’t get enough hog mollies.

Despite having a pair of young starting defensive tackles, the Panthers General Manager added another one, using the 30th pick on Louisiana Tech big man Vernon Butler.

The Panthers just picked up the fifth-year option on 2013 first-round Star Lotulelei, and want to extend 2013 second-rounder Kawann Short.

But Gettleman loves having depth up front, and now the Panthers can put Butler alongside free agent pickup Paul Soliai and give the defending NFC champs one of the most solid interior lines in the NFL.

They have bigger needs, but they like big bodies, and this gives them another one.

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