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Rashawn Slater 2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Name: Rashawn Slater
Weight: 304 lbs
Arm Length: 33”
Overall Rank: 8
Position Rank: OT2
Strengths: Turn on the 2019 matchup between Slater and Ohio State’s Chase Young and you’ll see why so many in the NFL are in love with the former Northwestern tackle. Slater plays with poise, balance and excellent timing. With experience at left and right tackle, he also has versatility with some NFL teams believing he could be an All Pro at guard. Slater is consistent and efficient with his kickstep and punch timing. His footwork is exceptional as he’s light on his feet but can anchor down and stand his ground. He’s strong, athletic, smart and experienced. Northwestern coaches rave about his football IQ. While Slater doesn’t have elite height or length, his hand quickness and agility seem to cover up his deficiencies. He’s smooth working forward and backward and doesn’t have a hitch in his recovery that would prevent him from cutting off the edge when speed rushers try to expose his lack of length.
Weaknesses: On paper, 33-inch arms are below the NFL’s threshold for offensive tackles. Slater sometimes lets defenders bounce off his hands and allows for too much space that will become counter moves in the NFL. Would like to see a little more power/finishing in the run game.
What I Love: Slater is NFL ready and should be a high-level starter from the first game. He’s poised and smart with the experience in college (even as a 2020 opt out) to step right into the league and make an impact.
NFL Comparison: Joe Staley
Position Specific Traits:
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Run Blocking: ++
Pass Blocking: +++