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Amini Silatolu a Carolina Panther

Apr 28 2012 07:23 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
Casual Carolina Panthers fans are waking up this morning and yet again having a hard time pronouncing the name of the newest Carolina Panther. Amini Silatolu? Chances are you have not heard that name on sports center.

Last season, if you are being honest, the Panthers offensive line was not one of the strengths of the Panthers. Their talented running backs helped to hide this fact by masking sub par offensive line blocking with positive runs. Since then the Panthers have lost their most talented guard in Tavelle Wharton, leaving the line even less likely to open up gaping holes for Deangelo Williams to sprint through.

With their second round selection the Panthers addressed the loss of Travelle Wharton by replacing him with who some consider to have first round talent - Amini Silatolu. Don Banks of Sports Illustrated had San Fran taking Amini with the 30th pick of the first round.

Silatolu has an important trait that some could say the Panthers Offensive Line could use an injection of... nastiness. Amini caught the eyes of the Panthers front office with his ability to finish off defenders. Granted, these defenders were from smaller schools, but at six foot three and three hundred and eleven pounds, the Panthers are confident his transition to the pro game will be a smooth one.

While at Midwestern State, Amini was remarkable. At left tackkle, he had an overall blocking grade of 94.7 percent, the only offensive lineman in the draft with over 90 percent for his college career. He also posted 97 knockdowns.

“The one thing that stands out is his nasty temperament. When you’re playing at a certain level like that you should dominate — and he did dominate the competition. So you feel like going to the next level he’s going to be very, very competitive.” - Ron Rivera

“When you put on the tape of him he puts a lot of people on the ground. You see the athleticism and the physical play.” - Marty Hurney

It isn't a flashy pick. Offensive Guard is not a pick that will stir up the fan base. However, you can bet your sweet ass Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart toasted this pick Friday evening.

Here is to hoping Amini has plenty of ire in his belly for the 2012 season. Maybe now the Panthers will actually run the ball on 3rd and 1.

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Based on what?

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

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.
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.
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.
He didn't really put in the time for school because he was always so focused on football...now he doesn't need to worry about school and just play football for a living. I remember reading an article saying that one of Clevelands scouts had him on the drawing board and said he did really well

I am concerned that he is not going to be coachable. I hope I am wrong.


You should probably change your username and give it another try some other day man.
I like the pick and I am supporting him 100 percent. I like his honesty and his hard work.
why change my username?

I like the pick and I am supporting him 100 percent. I like his honesty and his hard work.


Pick a side dude.
So, I admit I rushed to judgement and I get grilled for it?
Pretty much.

Pretty much.


I am cool with that. My opinion is that I think he will dominate and actually be healthy for an entire season and won't get a thousand false start penalties like #69
We're in big trouble.

Amini is struggling with instruction, Adams dropped a pass, Norman is nervous, and we don't know where to play Luke.

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

I am cool with that. My opinion is that I think he will dominate and actually be healthy for an entire season and won't get a thousand false start penalties like #69


In 2011, Gross played 15 games and had 3 False Starts. Just saying.

In 2011, Gross played 15 games and had 3 False Starts. Just saying.


He's one of the least penalized LT's in the NFL, he averages like 4 penalties a year. Combining holding calls and false starts.
I think they want him to be an opening day starter. At guard I really don't think that is going to be a problem. OTAs, minicamps, and TC will help this guy get comfortable. If all the talk was about him stepping into the LT role, then I would say it was warranted. But, this kid blew away the competition at his level. If he had done it in the SEC or BIG10, yeah...I'd feel better.

Sounds like he has good instincts and the right attitude to finish blocks. That's what this team needs is finishers!

Calling the guy a retard is classless. Let's not forget that he is now a millionaire at age 22 or so. I'm 35 and still haven't seen my first mill...and by the way I actually am a genius...j/k...so grow the fug up.

He ain't being paid for his GPA...
Many football players can't spell cat if you give them the c and the t.

They aren't big thinkers out there and most of them don't have to be, unfortunately ,the ones that do are mostly on the O side of the ball.

Here's hoping the guy is just classroom dumb and football smart.
Amini will be fine with some vets around him, Kalil, Gross, and Hang are great mentors and will help him.

Amini will be fine with some vets around him, Kalil, Gross, and Hang are great mentors and will help him.


I was just thinking the same thing. I am sure having Cam will help a lot as well. From what I know of Cam I see no reason why Cam would not call him out if he doesn't put in the work and or has a lot of 'missed assignments'.

In 2011, Gross played 15 games and had 3 False Starts. Just saying.


That makes me feel better.

I am cool with that. My opinion is that I think he will dominate and actually be healthy for an entire season and won't get a thousand false start penalties like #69


I don't know if anything has been more exaggerated than gross' amount of false starts from this fanbase

We're in big trouble.

Amini is struggling with instruction, Adams dropped a pass, Norman is nervous, and we don't know where to play Luke.

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!


The sky is not falling but in this league you need to learn quickly.

I don't know if anything has been more exaggerated than gross' amount of false starts from this fanbase


Don't know about the fanbase, but he does have more penalties than he needs to as a veteran lineman.

He's one of the least penalized LT's in the NFL, he averages like 4 penalties a year. Combining holding calls and false starts.


So what are his numbers for the past three years for penalties? I am surprised because it seems that when there is a big positive play on offense 69 brings it back.
Had a couple weeks to let it marinate and I still think it was a bad pick. Hope I'm wrong but this has all the makings of another Marty second round wtf man picks.