A natural at NT or UT, Star Lotuleilei was the best defender in the draft, in my opinion.
He's a powerful interior defender that makes a perfect fit inside Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy at end, and next to penetrator Dwan Edwards at the other tackle. He's the type guy you need in front of Luke Kuechly longterm, and honestly, it's just a sorely missed need.
The team had the 3rd rounders from 2011, but that hasn't worked. They haven't put a higher pick than that since Kris Jenkins - and this is actually the first time Carolina has picked an interior DL in the first (2nd DL in the first in history, 3rd in the top 60).
But here, they appear to have a true disciple of the interior rush, and a guy who'll beat a block against the run. Ron Rivera hasn't had a DL of this caliber since the #1 defense in San Diego.
So, that should help. As I hoped, need and value came together for an ideal pick. This is an immediate starter.