Panthers Use Silatolu to Shore Up Offensive Line

By Jake Saltzman

In 2011, the Panthers used the draft to select two offensive linemen. By week two, they were forced to start undrafted free agent Byron Bell against the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

By taking guard Amini Silatolu with their first and only scheduled pick on day two of the draft, the Panthers aimed to ensure such would not happen again this year.

Silatolu joins a talented group of linemen in Charlotte, and could potentially start in week one lined up next to Pro Bowl tackle Ryan Kalil. Silatolu, the highest ever draftee out of division-two Midwestern State, is noted for a physically aggressive style of play and solid versatility.

With last year’s sixth round selection Zachary Williams healthy and ready to compete for time at center, along with Bell and Lee Ziemba, Amini Silatolu gives the Panthers four 1st or 2nd year pros with the abilities necessary to succeed in the competitive NFC South.


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