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Panthers Grab Midwest St OG Amini Silatolu in Round Two

The Panthers added girth on the offensive line on Friday night, as they picked up Midwest St OG Amini Silatolu with their second round pick.

Here’s a scouting report on Silatolu:

Positives:

Plays with aggression. Very heavy-handed with power in his punch. Has a nasty on-field playing temperament and seeks to bury defenders in the run game. Has a strong base, plays with power and relishes finishing blocks. Climbs defenders and can run the field and pick off multiple defenders. Likes to play and it shows — outstanding on-field energy and tempo. Street-tough and does not back down from a challenge. Good athlete — carries his weight well. Outstanding Combine positional drill performance and movement skill in agility drills. Has a 311?2-inch vertical jump.

Negatives:

Shows some small-school rawness in his play and can improve kick slide and hand use. Footwork is undisciplined. Will fall off blocks overaggressively attacking. Character will have to be evaluated closely. Academics have been an issue throughout career and some mental lapses show in his play — is not always quick to sort out the blitz or anticipate where pressure is coming.

Summary:

Tough, physical, nasty small-college left tackle who projects to guard in the pros. Stands out on the field and dominates lesser competition, but did not play in any all-star games to prove himself and has some off-field issues and intelligence concerns that could push down his draft status. Grades out like a first-round talent and should be able to step into a starting lineup readily on the inside and develop into a Pro Bowl-caliber performer with simple assignments. Scouts have compared him to New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl OG Jahri Evans, but he is much more athletic pulling and playing in space and tape will draw instant man-crushes from good evaluators. Can win with power or quickness and fit any type of blocking scheme.


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