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Amini Silatolu A Carolina Panther

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Quite a few of the draft sites had him with a first round grade, scouts loved his nastiness when finishing off a block. Mayock had him as the third best OG and one of the top OL prospects in the draft and an Overall ranking of 37th, which still makes it a value pick.

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I think the consensus is if Wharton would have agreed to a pay cut he would still be on the team.

Well Wharton signed a three-year 10 million dollar contract with the Bengals, we must have been not really been offering him that much.

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Plus Wharton was bought out of his contract, so we had to pay him 2 million for releasing him.

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Yeah, this guy was legitimately a late 1st/early 2nd round prospect. I had been talking him up in my mock drafts here for months now. Say what you will about the pick, it wasn't a reach. We took him right about where he was projected to go.

So the guy isn't a good student? So what? Rivera said he had sat down with the coaches and they felt comfortable that he could learn the offense and blocking scheme and such. Plus, he's playing between two really smart players in Gross and Kalil - Ryan especially being one of the smartest players in the league.

He'll be fine. Low end projection is a solid guard like Geoff Hangartner; high end is a Pro Bowler and elite guard. He'll be at LEAST as good as Wharton in his prime, IMO. And pretty quickly, too.

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Dudes, let's let him play a game or two and see what he can do. Matsko turned Bell into a solid tackle. Yeah, he wasn't the greatest but he wasn't the worst.

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Hey bros I hope the guy is a beast.

It will just be aggravating as all hell when we are getting torched by running backs this year and his fat ass is on the bench.

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I think it's time we sharpen our pitchforks and toss them into the ass of Hurney. This is complete bull poo.

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Well you know what. He might be good or might now. But we drafted him and now he is a panther. Like or hate it. The guy will be solid for us for years to come I believe. Not worry.

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Hey bros I hope the guy is a beast.

It will just be aggravating as all hell when we are getting torched by running backs this year and his fat ass is on the bench.

I really can't see our Guard situation being so overwhelmingly competitive that he wont start the season. Plus Rivera strikes me as a guy that will always pick the type of players that he can challenge to live up to expectaction(like he did with Cam, rookie dt's, probably wud have done for Hogan had he been healthy).If he believes a player has the talent and potential he'll give them enough chances to prove it unlike some coaches that you already knew the rook wud sit on the bench in favor of a vet. I totally expect him to start.

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At guard he'll be free to let his best trait shine. His big, nasty beast can come out and play to disrupt opponent d-lines/LB's. He seems to be somewhat of an untamed animal, but I think our O-line, specifically Otah, could stand to have some of that rub off. (Otah has the size & skills, but not the mentality- if Otah can even remain healthy.)

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Based on what?

If you're going to bump a two week old thread, at least provide some insight.

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Based on what?

If you're going to bump a two week old thread, at least provide some insight.

You are right. I probably should have not posted. Sorry man. It was a random thought based on reading an article today which had him saying that he was having difficulty with the mental part of camp. After thinking about his comments and reflecting on what you said I see that I overreacted and should not have said anything.

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I could not imagine how hard it would be to go from dominating a league to the NFL. Then on the first weekend the coaches are riding him hard. I like his honest response and I like his raw BEAST ability to play football at a high level.

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Like the pick or not he is a panther. It's easy to form a cliche opinion and call the guy a moron. Let him play first.

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