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Panthers get some protection for Newton with Silatolu

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With two picks in the 2012 draft, the Panthers have added no weapons for quarterback Cam Newton.  With the 40th overall pick, however, Carolina has at least picked a guy who may help give Cam more time to find whatever weapons he has.

The Panthers selected guard Amini Silotalu from Midwestern State.

Silatolu becomes the second small-school player to be taken in the 2012 draft.  He had appeared on several mock drafts, with some projecting him to plug the gaping hole created in Baltimore with the departure of Ben Grubbs.

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15 Responses to “Panthers get some protection for Newton with Silatolu”
  1. blacknole08 says: Apr 27, 2012 7:51 PM

    Nice! This guy is a Mike Iupati clone that is an instant upgrade over Travelle Wharton. I’m very satisfied with what the Panthers are doing so far.

  2. loyalpanthersfan says: Apr 27, 2012 7:56 PM

    Hate this pick, more pressing needs at CB n DT we are in a division with drew brees, vincent jackson, roddy white, julio jones, matt ryan, shall I go on? I mean dang we don’t have another pick until 4th rd what we gonna do then?

  3. mooremusicllc says: Apr 27, 2012 8:03 PM

    i knew marty would screw it up….a gaurd in the 2nd arree you kiddding me1!!!!!!!!!

  4. nineroutsider says: Apr 27, 2012 8:19 PM

    Dude will be a beast…

  5. ncarolinarn7 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:25 PM

    Wharton was pitiful. Slow footwork and wasn’t able to stay with his assignment. Always getting beaten. Hope this guy is a big upgrade.

  6. ronmexico4life says: Apr 27, 2012 8:31 PM

    @ loyalpanthersfan & nineroutsider :

    You’re entire team hinges on Cam Newton developing and staying healthy. Without him, it’s back to the bottom….this guy will help keep him upright

  7. diehardcatz says: Apr 27, 2012 8:33 PM

    The Panthers have done really well as far as the talent goes, but we do still have ridiculous gaps in our roster! We have GOT to trade and get into the 3rd round!

  8. loyalpanthersfan says: Apr 27, 2012 8:52 PM

    @ronmexico4life
    I understand that, but we don’t have such a terrible o-line, we have a terrible secondary, adding kuechly n getting beason back can help the run but nothing has changed to help the secondary

  9. dolfanatik says: Apr 27, 2012 9:02 PM

    His Teammate Rickie Gomez is a very Solid prospect for 2013

  10. pantherstimes says: Apr 27, 2012 9:30 PM

    Don’t know much about him yet, but I can see where this would be a position of need after the losses this off season. I like Kuechly too.
    LB may not seem to have been a position of need but realistically, probably was. Hopefully we get a 3rd round pick but if not, I’m OK with that too. We still have camps, and a preseason to get what maybe needed. There is no way we can tell how this draft will go for a season or two.

  11. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: Apr 27, 2012 9:59 PM

    That’s a big time reach for a guard

  12. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Apr 28, 2012 2:49 AM

    from an outsider looking in, panthers fans need to ease off. from an insider looking out, panthers fans need to ease off. kuechly will be an elite lb. and for the folks who are condemning marty on the second round pick, i can guarantee you that he has watched more film on obscure players than you have porn, and that’s saying a lot. stop complaining, stop bitching, because it will run our stars out of town. we will be great, in due time. just be patient folks.

  13. pnthrz1 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:10 AM

    I like the pick. The Panthers need an agile and nasty G to keep the chains moving.

  14. finleye says: Apr 28, 2012 4:31 PM

    Love this pick!

  15. willymucus2007 says: May 1, 2012 10:32 AM

    Live the pick Oata can’t stay healthy and needs a good back up and can needs to learn how to read the field and having this guy will give him time and if nothing comes open then he can take off and run

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