Every year a handful of small-school prospects catch the eye of scouts and work their way up the draft board. Midwestern State's Amini Silatolu showed enough promise to significantly increase his draft stock. Typically, small-school prospects need to dominate, which is something Silatolu did at D-II Midwestern State.
With some improvements to his technique, experience and better coaching, Silatolu could develop into one of the better interior linemen to come out of this draft.
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post sees Silatolu as a high-reward type prospect.
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.
Transitioning from the lower-level play he faced in college into the NFL will be a difficult task, and most of his value lies in his potential. Silatolu won't only have to adjust to better athletes, but also to a new position. He previously mainly lined up at left tackle, but he will be shifted to guard in the NFL.
Expect Silatolu to begin his career as a backup, earning snaps as the year progresses. Silatolu needs some refinement, but has the potential to be a true impact player.
Silatolu was a dominant force on the D-II level, but it remains to be seen if his game will translate to the pro level. Stiil, the Panthers needed another interior offensive lineman to bolster their running game and got that with Silatolu.