Round 1, Pick 19: OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
Slater being available was a surprise at 19. He has been projected to go anywhere between the Bengals’ No. 5 pick to the Chargers’ No. 13 pick. However, crazier things have happened on draft night.
While slightly undersized, Slater might just be the most pro-ready tackle in the draft. He is technically refined with a solid kick slide and base on pass sets and is nimble in space run blocking.
He also uses his hands well in pass protection. He has a solid plethora of punches and combos when engaging his opponent. His upper-tier athleticism also allows him to be very good at recovering when he is initially beaten.
Some teams may see Slater as more of a guard due to his size,. However, his technique is good enough that he can be a good tackle in the NFL. He performed well against the best of the best too. One of his best tapes came during his sophomore year against Washington’s own Chase Young when he was at Ohio State.
Rashawn Slater projects to be a solid left tackle for many years in the NFL. Adding him can solidify Washington’s line for years to come.