Slater is a 6-foot-4, 308-pound offensive tackle who is considered a consensus top-40 player by NFL teams. Considering the dearth of quality college tackles in recent years and the trend of teams reaching for them recently — Austin Jackson, Isaiah Wilson, Andre Dillard and Tytus Howard — it would be surprising if Slater didn’t end up going in the first round.
Slater brings a skill set and versatility that’s intriguing to NFL teams. He started at tackle in 37 of his 38 career games, with 11 starts at left tackle coming in 2019. Slater has the ability to also play guard and says he’s capable of playing every position on the line. While he’s shorter than NFL prototypes at tackle, he compensates for that with quick feet and strong technique. Multiple scouts used the New England Patriots’ 2018 first-round pick Isaiah Wynn as a comparison.
“He plays with really good balance and technique,” an NFL scout told Yahoo Sports. “He has good patience and rarely gets out of position.
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