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Prospect Profiles: Amini Silatolu

AMINI SILATOLU, OG, MIDWESTERN STATE

TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-4, 311, 5.43

SCOUTING REPORTS:

NFP:

A thick, wide-bodied offensive lineman who plays left tackle at Midwestern State. Possesses a powerful lower half, natural flexibility into contact and exhibits the physical make-up to be ideally suited to play guard at the next level. Showcases the flexibility to bend and sit into his stance, and initially does a nice job keeping his base down on his initial kick-step. Looks balanced off the edge, but has a tendency to get upright into contact. Extends his arms well and is a balanced/powerful puncher who can rock lineman on contact. Therefore, despite getting upright into contact can still stick, but will struggle with balance when engaged and doesn’t play as quick laterally, giving up some penetration because of it. However, when he does sink his hips on contact, showcases very good foot quickness for his size, displays some natural mirror ability and can slide his feet through contact. Just needs to do a better job of playing lower. Exhibits solid range toward the edge in pass protection vs. speed, but lacks ideal NFL range, will open up his hips and routinely lunge into contact to push rushers past the play.

Is a dominant run blocker. Not only can he coil up into his stance and really snap through his hips into contact, extending his arms and gaining leverage, but he also loves to finish. Showcases a strong set of legs and can run through contact and routinely get a good push. However, at times just throws himself at defenders, will lose balance at the point and can be side stepped. Needs to improve his initial balance on his second step into contact, but the body control and explosion is certainly there for him to win inside in-line at the next level. He’s very impressive on the move. Showcases “plus” range for his size when asked to pull as a backside tackle, lead the power play and reach defenders in space. Plays with a nasty streak, loves to finish and his combination of range/athleticism and balance makes him dominant when trying to kick out defenders. Loves to block down field as well, routinely plays till the whistle and his range in space is very impressive, especially the way he covers ground and breaks down so quickly, dropping his pad level and/or cutting defenders in the process.

Impression: He has some technique flaws that needs to be fixed and will need to kick inside at the next level. However, he’s a wide-bodied athlete with a powerful/explosive frame, good foot quickness and can really pull from the backside. Might need some time, but is one of the top guards in the class with as much upside as any.

PFW:

Upside:

• Looks the part with nice arm length and big hands
• Explosive, strong and athletic
• Quick out of his stance — fires off with urgency and hip snap
• Quick, heavy hands
• Anchors in pass protection and creates movement in the run game
• Tenacious and nasty

Downside:

• Below-average foot speed
• Can be overaggressive and lose balance and body control
• Tends to clutch and grab
• Unrefined technique
• Average instincts and anticipation
• Occasionally lets football temperament leak off the field

The Way We See It:

Big, thickly built, raw, physical college left tackle with brute Polynesian strength. Brings consistent intensity and seeks to bury opponents. Punisher who is still rough around the edges, but old-school, brawler’s disposition will appeal to power running teams.

Buffalo Bills Draft:

Strengths:

Played LT in college…has outstanding athleticism for a man his size…In the NFL, Silatolu will be asked to slide inside to guard…is a devastating open field blocker…locates well on the move and buries his man into the ground…aggressive blocker who plays with a mean streak, loves to finish his blocks…deliver the blow to the defenders…has a strong punch…Will get out in front of screen passes and outside runs to lead block…strong build that is well distributed…good footwork which allows him to stay balanced…anchors well v. the bull rush from the DE…once he locks out its all over for the defender.

Weaknesses:

Must answer the question about if he will be able to anchor down against 320+ lbs NT’s … has a tendency to pop up and get high off of contact…would over extend himself v. speed rushers when on the outside…will lunge at defenders in the open field…must work harder to become a more technically sound player…Coming up from the Division II level there will be questions about how he responds to the level of completion increase as well as working within a more complicated NFL style blocking scheme.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Amini Silatolu is a small school left tackle who will move inside to guard at the next level. Great athlete. Aggressive. Physical. Strong. Punishes defenders. Can move and pull. Obviously, the big question is the level of play. Can he dominate elite defensive lineman? Can he adjust to a more difficult playbook? Big questions. But, physical skill set says star. The Giants need a guard, and Silatolu has the most upside of any guard in this class. There is no way he is NFL ready, and spending a first round pick on Silatolu will not get fans excited. The Giants would be gambling on his potential. Should they? Well he can get out and pull, which is what the Giants ask their guards to do. He has the strength to be effective in a power running scheme. But who knows how long until he’s ready. Could be 10 games, could be 3 years. So its a unknown. The presence of Kevin Boothe gives the Giants a little wiggle room, and they can be patient. But should they gamble, or should they spend pick 32 on someone who can make an impact right away? We can’t know for sure, but I imagine that the Giants would want an impact player. But is Silatolu a type of talent that is worth waiting for? Time will tell.

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