With the 40th Pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select Amini Silatolu.
Those words struck the Panther nation with whats, whos, and whys. No one had ever heard of Amini Silatolu, and probably for good reason, he plays for a Div. II school.
Now, I have the advantage of being from Texas, and paying close attention to Div. I AA and Div II schools. I myself attend an FCS school, so we are able to see more of these small schools.
At first, I was worried…Midwestern State? We really picked a guy from Wichita Falls? Every possible scenario was running through my head. But then, I started to think. And as I thought, I remembered who this guy was.
I had seen clips of this guys that reminded me of Michael Oher in The Blindside where he pushed the DE all the way off the field. Amini is a powerhouse, first and foremost.
He’s a run blocker, and every clip of the guy that you can find supports that fact. He’s a valuable asset to this team, and I’m glad to have him.
Now, everyone thinks we didn’t need him, but let’s be honest, is Jeff Otah really going to be around much longer? Amini gives us a valid replacement for the injury prone Otah. Plus, Pollack and Browning aren’t necessarily starter material, and Amini could replace them. He has the ability to play both the guard and the tackle position, and having that versatile player is a blessing.
Amini gives the Panthers an opportunity to bolster the O-Line, and stick with the youth movement.
He has raw, unharnessed power and Matsko coaching him, all that talent will turn into a starter.
Silatolu was a solid pick, and sadly, as fans we know a bit less about the team, and the scouting reports than the coaches and front office do.
Rivera knows what he is doing, so I trust him on this. Plus, I’ve seen Amini before, the kid is a stud.
So instead of being unsupportive fans, let’s put Carolina on our shoulders and show them that they have the best fans in the league.
This season will be a good one, and Amini was a good choice to protect our pride and joy, Cam Newton.