Kawann Short

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Kawann Short
No. 99 Carolina Panthers
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-02-02) February 2, 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth: East Chicago, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: East Chicago (IN) Central
College: Purdue
NFL draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards


  • ProFootballFocus.com All-Rookie Team (2013)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2013)
  • SBNation.com All-Rookie Team (2013)


  • First-team All-Big Ten (2011, 2012)
  • Second-team All-American (2012)
  • Second-team All-Big Ten (2010, 2011)
  • Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2009)
  • Sporting News Freshman All-American (2009)
  • Senior Bowl MVP (North Squad) (2013)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 70
Quarterback sacks: 5
Forced fumbles: 2
Stats at NFL.com

Kawann Arcell Short (born February 2, 1989) is an American football defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Panthers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Purdue.

Early years[edit]

Short was born in East Chicago, Indiana. He went to Central High School in East Chicago. There he was a two-sport athlete playing both football and basketball. He was a high school teammate of E'Twaun Moore during basketball season, and the two led the Cardinals to the Indiana class 4A state title in 2007.[1]

Short was rated as a three-star recruit and was rated the number 24 defensive tackle nationally by Scout.com. As a junior, Short recorded 80 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks. As a senior, he registered 85 tackles, 9 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 blocked punts.[2] He committed to Purdue University on April 13, 2007.[3] He was not heavily recruited as he did not land a scholarship offer from any other Football Bowl Subdivision schools.[4]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Kawann Short
East Chicago, Indiana Central High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 270 lb (120 kg) -- Sep 29, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 24 (DT)   Rivals: 57 (DT), 6 (IN)  ESPN: -- (DT)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

Short attended Purdue University, where he played for the Purdue Boilermakers football team from 2008 to 2012. In 2009, Short started all 12 games and recorded 48 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and was second on the team with 2 interceptions. He received Purdue's Newcomer Award - Defense for spring practice, was named a freshman All American by CollegeFootballNews.com and was selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team by the Sporting News. In 2010, Short finished fourth in the Big Ten in both sacks, with 6, and tackles for loss, with 12.5. He also led Purdue with 8 pass deflections, recorded 41 tackles, and blocked 2 kicks. He was named second-team All-Big Ten by the media. In 2011, Short was voted a captain by his teammates and started all 13 games. He finished with a career highs with 54 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks. He was able to record a tackle for loss in 10 of the 13 games he played. He also registered 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 2 pass deflections, and blocked 2 kicks. In an overtime win against Ohio State, Short was named the Walter Camp National and Big 10 Defensive Player of the week after finishing with 3 sacks. He was named Purdue's defensive MVP was named first team All-Big Ten by the media and second team All-Big Ten by the media.[5]

He was a first-team All-Big Ten Conference selection in 2011 and 2012, and received second-team All-American honors from the Associated Press in 2012.

Professional career[edit]


Prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, Short was a projected to be a potential first-round pick.[6] He was rated as the seventh-best defensive tackle in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com.[7][8] Short was invited to the Senior Bowl where he tallied 3 tackles and 1 tackle for loss and earned MVP honors for the North squad.[9]

Short was invited to the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, which started on February 23–26, along with teammate Josh Johnson.[10] Short chose Joel Segal of Lagardère Unlimited as his agent.[11] When the NFL Combine approached, Short determined that he was unhealthy enough to participate in the event, citing a bad hamstring.[12]

At Purdue's Pro Day on March 1, Short sat the event out as he was still nursing his hamstring.[13]

Purdue held a second Pro Day workout on March 25 just for Short.[14]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 299 lb 34 34 in 9 34 in 5.05 s 4.65 s 7.55 s 27 in 8 ft 4 in 29 reps
All values from Purdue's Pro Day on March 25[7]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Rookie season: 2013 NFL season[edit]

Short was drafted with the 44th pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2013 NFL Draft.[15] On May 22, 2013, Short signed a four-year $4.63 million deal.[16] In his rookie year, Short played in all 16 regular season games. He recorded 30 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1.5 sacks, and tied for second on the team with 21 quarterback pressures.[17] He also finished tenth in the NFL in pass rush productivity among interior defenders, leading all rookies, and 16th in the NFL in run stop percentage.[18] The Panthers finished first in the NFL with 60 sacks in 2013, second in points per game, and third in DVOA team defense.

2014 NFL season[edit]

In his season debut performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Short picked up where he left off from his strong rookie season, recording 1 quarterback hit, 1 quarterback hurry, 2 TFLs, 5 tackles, and 5 stops. Short currently ranks in the top 10 defensive tackles in the NFL in pass rush productivity.[19] Through the first three weeks, of the season, PFF ranked Short as the 2nd best defensive tackle in the NFL.[20][21] Through the first four weeks of the season, Short ranked third amongst defensive tackles in run stop percentage, bringing the runner down on 14.6% of snaps.[22] During the Panthers week 5 victory over the Chicago Bears, Short recorded his first sack of the season against Jay Cutler in the final drive of the game, effectively sealing the victory for the Panthers.[23] Through the six weeks of the season, PFF rated Short as the second best defensive tackle in the NFL behind only Gerald McCoy.[24] During the Panthers wildcard playoff victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Short recorded his first career playoff sack against Ryan Lindley.[25]


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  6. ^ http://www.purdueexponent.org/sports/article_3fed4cfb-1450-5478-9a3c-c3540bb7a6ff.html
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  8. ^ "Kawann Short, DT". www.cbssports.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.purdueexponent.org/sports/article_3fed4cfb-1450-5478-9a3c-c3540bb7a6ff.html
  10. ^ Mike Carmin (February 21, 2013). "Former Purdue football stars Johnson, Short set for NFL Scouting Combine". www.thestarpress.com. Gannett. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ Liz Mullen (January 14, 2013). "Agent gets big opportunity with football client’s little brother". www.sportsbusinessdaily.com. Street and Smith’s Sports Group. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ Gil Brandt (February 19, 2013). "Kawann Short won’t work out at combine". www.nfl.com. NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ Rodger Sherman (March 1, 2013). "Purdue pro day 2013 results: Kawann Short sits, Josh Johnson feels better". www.sbnation.com. Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ Matthew Fairburn (March 25, 2013). "Monday pro day recap: Kawann Short workout overshadows Iowa, Duke". www.sbnation.com. Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  15. ^ Joseph Person (April 26, 2013). "Carolina Panthers double down with defensive tackles, take Purdue's Kawann Short". www.charlotteobserver.com. McClatchy Company. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  16. ^ http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/carolina-panthers/kawann-short/
  17. ^ http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/2013-rookie-class-in-review/186f2092-b80b-4bbb-96a6-0a1ddbf5f7ac
  18. ^ https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/05/20/secret-superstars-2014-carolina-panthers/
  19. ^ https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/09/08/refo-panthers-buccaneers-week-1/
  20. ^ https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/09/19/pff-preview-steelers-panthers-week-3/
  21. ^ https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/09/26/pff-preview-panthers-ravens-week-4/
  22. ^ https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/09/29/refo-panthers-ravens-week-4/
  23. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/chicago-bears-carolina-panthers-20141005029/
  24. ^ https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/10/17/pff-preview-panthers-packers-week-7/
  25. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/arizona-cardinals-carolina-panthers-20150103029/

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