Rashawn Slater NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Rashawn Slater NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

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By Daniel Kitchen March 10, 2021 0 Comment
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Rashawn Slater is a 2021 NFL Draft OT Prospect

Rashawn Slater is an offensive lineman from Northwestern, and a projected Top 10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He began his career as a 3-star OG, choosing the Wildcats over offers from Illinois, Kansas. Slater started all three of his seasons with the Wildcats. He served as the team’s right tackle in 2017 and 2018, kicked over to left tackle for the 2019 season. In his Northwestern career, Slater started 37 games. He elected to opt out of the shortened 2020 season, and was on the Outland Trophy’s Watch List.

During the 2019 season, after appearing on that year’s Outland Trophy Watch List, Slater started 11 of the team’s 12 games as a junior. He was named an honorable mention Big Ten selection, after allowing no sacks and only one QB hit, four hurries, and five pressures across 787 snaps. He did commit eight penalties that season. The Wildcats finished fifth in the conference in rushing yardage, and allowed the fourth-fewest sacks.

Slater was graded the eighth-best tackle in FBS football that season by Pro Football Focus, with an overall Offense grade of 90.0. He also finished as the eighth-rated Run Blocker with an 89.1 grade, and 13th in Pass Blocking with a grade of 87.4.

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As a right tackle, he started all 14 of the team’s games in 2018, and 12 of 13 as a true freshman in 2017. Slater was a Big Ten third team selection following the 2018 season. In those two seasons, he allowed five sacks, three QB hits, 35 hurries, and 43 pressures, while committing nine penalties and playing 1,913 snaps. His number of sacks, hurries, and pressures allowed dropped each season. The Wildcats finished fifth in the Big Ten in rushing in 2017, and allowed the most sacks in the conference in 2018.

Slater is an immediate starter on any team’s line, and projects as a tackle who can play on either side. He would thrive as a primary blocker in a playbook that featured a heavy emphasis on outside runs, pull blockers, screen passes, and sending blockers to the second level to block upfield. The thought of kicking him inside to guard because of his size and arm length will persist early in his career, but his junior season tape and clear athleticism show an ability to handle himself at tackle, and be a versatile weapon not many teams get to use on the edge of their line.

Long-term, he is a player who could end up playing at every spot except center at some point during his career, and would be valuable injury insurance as someone who can move about the line as needs arise.

Scouting Capsule

Rashawn Slater Scouting Capsule

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Daniel Kitchen and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements

At Northwestern’s Pro Day March 9, Slater measured in at a height of 6042 and a weight of 304 pounds, with 33″ arms. During his final season with the Wildcats, he was listed as 6’3”, 305.

Highlights

Positives

  • Incredibly mobile for an OL, can reach any area of the field and handle his assignments ahead of plays.
  • Constant awareness in all situations, stays cognizant of surroundings and never stops searching for players to block.
  • Recognizes rushers coming free, is always prepared to engage. Excels at hitting one block, quickly disengaging and picking up another.
  • Continually applies pressure to collar and shoulders once engaged with DL. Ties up assignment and prevents from becoming a part of the play.
  • Gets off the line quickly, is able to pick up edge rushers coming wide along the arc. Has the footwork and athleticism to follow faster players along their arc, stay in front and positioned to prevent a free line to the pocket.
  • Dominant as a slide blocker. Gets over and clears away DTs quickly upon the snap, creates massive lanes for his backs to hit on the left side.
  • College football’s premiere example of a second level blocker. Uses speed, athleticism to get upfield quickly, is able to stay in front of smaller, faster players and engage, completely erases from play every time. Capable of shutting down both LBs and DBs in the box.

Weaknesses

  • Doesn’t display the killer instinct and finishing ability outside at LT that he does on slide blocks and at the second level. Will tie up and stay engaged with man in Pass Pro and run blocking, doesn’t drive away from play or finish off. Assignments able to reach out and impact runs to the B gap and outside.
  • Will be among the smallest tackles in the NFL if kept there, and have shorter than ideal arm length for the position.

NFL Comparison

Jason Peters, Philadelphia Eagles (2009-Present), Buffalo Bills (2004-2008)

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