Some were surprised when the Panthers went for offensive line help in the second round, but drafting Amini Silatolu was actually a logical move in their eyes.
From a deep organizational trend toward maintaining line depth, to the need to protect franchise quarterback Cam Newton, the Panthers saw drafting the Division II guard as a natural fit.
"He's a big, physical guy with a mean streak," general manager Marty Hurney said of Silatolu. "I'm not sure what there is not to like about him."
While others expected the Panthers to draft a defensive tackle or address needs at cornerback with the 40th overall choice, the Panthers zoomed in on Silatolu as a long-term replacement for salary cap casualty Travelle Wharton, now in Cincinnati.
Like Wharton when the Panthers drafted him out of South Carolina, the team thinks Silatolu has the kind of footwork that would enable him to play tackle at this level, but think his athleticism will allow him to become the kind of cornerstone guard their...