April 26, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 12th pick (44th overall) in the second round of the National Football League's draft on Friday. Short's selection marks the 16th consecutive year at least one Purdue player has been chosen in the pro draft.
Short, a 2012 AP second team All-American and a two-time first team All-Big Ten selection, wrapped up his Boilermaker career eighth in school history in both sacks (19.5) and tackles for loss (49.0). Starting 50 consecutive games over four seasons, he recorded 186 total tackles, including 124 solo stops. He also tallied a pair of interceptions, knocked down 15 passes, forced a pair of fumbles and recovered four.
One of the most athletic defensive tackles in the nation, Short also finished his collegiate career as the Purdue leader in blocked field goals (6), while also knocking down a pair of extra point attempts for eight total blocked kicks.
Short is the ninth defensive lineman from Purdue drafted in the last 10 years and the third defensive tackle in the past five years. He is the 25th Purdue player tabbed In the second round, with the last being former teammate and current Green Bay Packers' defensive tackle Mike Neal in 2010.