OL Rashawn Slater, Northwestern

OL Rashawn Slater, Northwestern (6’4”, 315)

Background:

Started twelve games at right tackle as a true freshman, then slid over to left tackle and started a total of twenty-five games there over the following two years. However, decided to opt out of the 2020 season due to Covid-19, leaving him as a three-year starter.

Positives:

Has a very study, powerful build. A consistent player on a snap-to-snap basis. Should be able to play in any type of blocking scheme. Has pretty good short-area quickness to cross an opponent’s face and wall them off from the play direction. Able to climb up to the second level and successfully engage. Places his hands up and inside and shows the ability to lock on and sustain through the whistle. Demosntrates good leg drive after engaging. Was able to maintain his form when protecting the edge. Plays from his seat with a solid base and good arm extension. Anchors well against power with good balance. Proactive with his hands; fires out his punch to keep defenders out of his body. Was asked to jog into position on some rollouts to the opposite side and was able to set up in time. Able to chip one opponent and recover to block another. Was able to hold his own against high-quality collegiate pass-rushers in a major conference, if not at a major program

Negatives:

Looks like a possible candidate to be asked to slide inside to guard, especially if he measures in at less than his listed height of 6’4”. Has below-average length and can occasionally let defenders into his body, getting jolted on initial contact. More physical than he is a mauler in a phone booth. Success blocking in space at the college level was due more to effort and timing than outstanding athleticism. Was flagged for one holding penalty during the games reviewed (Ohio St.) Tended to play out of a two-point stance so will have some adjustment to make if he’s asked to move inside at the next level.

Summary:

A very good football player who comes with three years and starting experience, and it shows. Plays under control, replicates his form in pass sets, and has a combination of balance, short-area quickness, and grip strength which makes him look like a plug-and-play starter along a pro offensive line, whether at offensive tackle or guard.

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