Edmund Kugbila

I groan at the term road grader simply because that was how Amini Silatolu was described last year. And like Amini Silatolu, Edmund Kugbila is another guard project.

I wasn’t able to find much film on Kugbila so I can’t go too in depth as to what he does well or what his weaknesses are. What I was able to find out, which is obvious, is that he is a very large man. He’s got good footwork and appears to be the prototypical guard in terms of footwork and size. He’s what you want in a lineman except that he played at Valdosta State. Not that players from smaller schools aren’t able to compete at the NFL level, it’s more that the competition they faced wasn’t as stiff as say the SEC is. 

I was screaming all season on Reddit and everywhere else where people were forced to listen to me that the Panthers biggest need this offseason was on the offensive line. It’s still their biggest need in my opinion. Kugbila is obviously a pick for the future due to his development. He may not have the skills to immediately start, and most likely wouldn’t get the nod over Hangartner or Silatolu. But who knows, he may come into camp and be a natural.

One thing I won’t do is knock this pick. Some people are going to say that this is a reach, and it may be. I don’t think that this guy would have been there in round 5 and beyond though, so it may have only been an inter-round pick reach. I’m trusting Gettleman. I have no reason no to. So far he seems to be methodically preparing for the future. Kugbila is one of those pieces. While he may simply be a depth guy at this point I think that he can develop into more than that. Even if he is just a depth guy, but ends up being a competent depth guy we need all the help we can get on the offensive line at this point.

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  • Anthony Dunn

    I like this pick.

  • Cam.45 (Smith&Olsen)

    This wasnt a bad pick at all.. I think he’ll end up starting 10+ games this year.

  • ahrcshaw

    This is a very good pick, just Silatolu was, after everything is said and done the main thing needed in an interior offensive line men is the ability to move his opponent out of the way a little and pass block. This guy is big enough to help OT as well. Part of the problem last year with Silatolu was the OC Chuds zone read which screwed up the whole line when added to his run option zone blocking schema. This guy will do great, he knows he has to work at being good. Everyone knows the new offence this year will go back to Power Blocking and run options which this team is great at. This year the team will put the three parts of football together for the first time in years. Offence, Defense and Special teams. Yes they can use some better players in certain positions, but the moves that have been made so far will reduce these other needs greatly.