In recent weeks the idea of Star Lotulelei falling to Carolina has become a dream scenario for Panthers fans. ESPN's Todd McShay ended that dream abruptly, as he pegged the disruptive nose tackle to be the first overall pick in the draft -- heading to the Kansas City Chiefs (insider). As a result, the Panthers end with Steve Smith's pick for the 14th pick, Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
The assertion that Lotulelei is the most talented player in the draft is a fair one, but in taking him with the first overall pick it seems an admission that Dontari Poe was a wasted draft pick in 2012. Furthermore, it would give the Chiefs yet another first round defensive tackle. If you're keeping score at home, that would be their third DT in six drafts -- or three-times the number of quarterbacks they've taken (if you like that kind of thing).
There are a few more interesting developments in McShay's latest. Sharrif Floyd is taken by the Oakland Raiders, meaning Carolina have a long, stressful wait if they're looking for a defensive tackle. Meanwhile, offensive guard Jonathan Cooper goes to the Tennessee Titans at 10.
Ultimately it's proof positive that Kansas City hold the cards, and nobody has the faintest idea what they plan to do. We should know more after free agency, when the 2013 rosters really start to take shape.