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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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Atleast let the guy make it through training camp before labeling him a bust..

Seems like everyone these days is a psychic expert on player analysis.
To be fair, many of the "experts" like the pick.
I think Silatolu, as long as he keeps his confidence up, will be fine. I also think the two guys coaching the line are going to be great for him, and will help him get ready quickly. As far as the mental aspects of the game, I'd imagine it's mostly terminology and getting used to how things are done at this level. He wouldn't be the first OL whose play was more eloquent than their words.

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


Yes, he needs to learn but there is plenty of time for that. You don't have to be especially smart to play G. As long as he can learn his assignments, he'll be okay.

Better a guy who knows his weaknesses than someone like Coples who thought he had the Jet's playbook down pat after 1 day of work.

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.


7 false starts and 3 holding penalties over the last 3 years.


In the last four seasons here are the stats for Clady, Long and Gross

Clady - 16 penalties, 25 sacks allowed.
Long - 20 penalties, 19 sacks allowed
Gross - 18 penalties, 19 sacks allowed

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.

i was one of those guys hearing an awful lot about him. i made it pretty clear that i didn't want Oline early (first couple rounds) just because i thought we had bigger needs elsewhere and lots of solid talent available....

BUT...... this guy is a flat out beast. i was really hoping that he would be around in the 4th or even in the 3rd and that we could trade up for him. the closer it got to the draft it was becoming more apparent that teams were loving this guy. they started watching more tape and he was doing well in meetings and tryouts that he was in legit conversation by quite a few teams in the first round.

it's not a sexy pick and it sure wasn't a household name and that is probably why there were so many "wtf"s after the pick. people who were really following the discussions going on all across the board leading to the draft were probably quite familiar with him but people just casually looking at draft reports and focusing in on just a few positions and hyped up players probably just didn't know anything about this guy.

he's good. really good. he was picked about as early as a OG should be picked. he's the kind of guy that is going to be a stud anchor on that line for years. he's about as impact a player as you can have on the oline, imo. he's mean. he's fierce. he's strong. and he's going to be sitting quite a few guys on their butts.

it's not the direction i was wanting to go at that point, but i really like the player and i think he's probably going to work out better than a 2nd rounder has for us for years.
I'm not concerned about it....but they say the smartest unit on average of an NFL football team is the offensive line.

Yes, he needs to learn but there is plenty of time for that. You don't have to be especially smart to play G. As long as he can learn his assignments, he'll be okay.

Better a guy who knows his weaknesses than someone like Coples who thought he had the Jet's playbook down pat after 1 day of work.

100% agreed. there is a lot of time. it also has to be remembered that rookies on the Oline struggle quite a bit the first year but get it fairly quickly after that. many stud Oline players look like they had roller skates on their first year. i fully believe, though, that silatolu will show enough of what he's capable of if your watching to know that we have a gem. people just looking at stats might be upset and quick to label bust but it's in watching him that you are going to get a better idea of what you are actually getting.
So let's get this straight. A lot of people are questioning how stupid he is and due to that they say he's a bust - all without seeing him play? I thought we were supposed to be smart around here...

:rolleyes:

So let's get this straight. A lot of people are questioning how stupid he is and due to that they say he's a bust - all without seeing him play? I thought we were supposed to be smart around here...

:rolleyes:


Whatever gave you that impression?
He is mean and nasty, he doesn't need to be all that smart, he is going to be lined up between Kalil and Gross to of the smartest guys on the team, they will keep him in line.

Whatever gave you that impression?


Ah, reading the thread?
Still can't believe Hurney passed on a chance at getting jerell Worthy or Devon Still instead to pickup a d2 guard that was too stupid to get into a d1 school.

Still can't believe Hurney passed on a chance at getting jerell Worthy or Devon Still instead to pickup a d2 guard that was too stupid to get into a d1 school.


Didn't need a defensive tackle and needed a guard, pretty simple pick if you ask me.

Didn't need a defensive tackle and needed a guard, pretty simple pick if you ask me.

IMO d-tackle is still a pretty big need.

IMO d-tackle is still a pretty big need.


Not according to the coach.
Can we name him Mongo?
Love the fact that a thread was started to give people insite into our newest offensive lineman and people can't wait to chime in on how bad of a pick it was when we haven't even put on full pads yet...

I appreciate the post and can't wait to see what this kid can do on the field!

Still can't believe Hurney passed on a chance at getting jerell Worthy or Devon Still instead to pickup a d2 guard that was too stupid to get into a d1 school.


Cause Worthy and Still were considered to be JAG's while Silatolu has just as much upside as any guard in this draft and has pro bowl potential.

i was one of those guys hearing an awful lot about him. i made it pretty clear that i didn't want Oline early (first couple rounds) just because i thought we had bigger needs elsewhere and lots of solid talent available....

BUT...... this guy is a flat out beast. i was really hoping that he would be around in the 4th or even in the 3rd and that we could trade up for him. the closer it got to the draft it was becoming more apparent that teams were loving this guy. they started watching more tape and he was doing well in meetings and tryouts that he was in legit conversation by quite a few teams in the first round.

it's not a sexy pick and it sure wasn't a household name and that is probably why there were so many "wtf"s after the pick. people who were really following the discussions going on all across the board leading to the draft were probably quite familiar with him but people just casually looking at draft reports and focusing in on just a few positions and hyped up players probably just didn't know anything about this guy.

he's good. really good. he was picked about as early as a OG should be picked. he's the kind of guy that is going to be a stud anchor on that line for years. he's about as impact a player as you can have on the oline, imo. he's mean. he's fierce. he's strong. and he's going to be sitting quite a few guys on their butts.

it's not the direction i was wanting to go at that point, but i really like the player and i think he's probably going to work out better than a 2nd rounder has for us for years.


If they we're going to go OL early, I would have hoped for OT. Especially with the prospects in this class. Wanted Mike Adams from Ohio State who was picked a couple selections after Amini.

Oh well. Bitching will do nothing now so we have no choice but to pull for him.

IMO d-tackle is still a pretty big need.


Your opinion is quite irrelevant, you are a fan the head coach of our team doesn't view the position as a need I will take his expertise over your youtube scouting department.

Gamble was also focused enough to maintain a playing gpa at a very prestigious university. My gf is an Ohio state alum and it's difficult to get in there. The guy we drafted couldnt even get a 2.0 at a fuging community college. I know a lot of y'all here are trying to keep the glass at half full, but admit it. It was a reach and bad decision to draft him here.


haha...gamble went to ohio state --- football players make a 2.0 for walking and chewing gum at the same time!!!!!

Your opinion is quite irrelevant, you are a fan the head coach of our team doesn't view the position as a need I will take his expertise over your youtube scouting department.

So is your opinion.

So is your opinion.


Never said mine mattered. :rolleyes:

Just pointed out that you are no NFL scout, your just a kid who thinks he knows something about NFL football because he plays HS ball.

Never said mine mattered. :rolleyes:

Just pointed out that you are no NFL scout, your just a kid who thinks he knows something about NFL football because he plays HS ball.

Never said mine mattered either, and yes I do know something about football, do I know everything? of course not( probably more than you though).Your trying to put words in my mouth, I never said i'm an NFL scout or i'm trying to act like one, I just don't get why you are attacking me for having my own opinion? GET A LIFE. I said our d-tackle position is a weakness, if you watched any of our games last you would understand where i'm coming from.