Tedarrell Slaton just got picked by the Green Bay Packers. Here's our scouting report.
Tedarrell Slaton is the first Florida defensive tackle to be drafted in the Dan Mullen era.
The Green Bay Packers selected him 173rd overall in the fifth round, giving the Gators their seventh pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He became a full-time starter as a senior and led all UF defensive linemen with 37 tackles.
Slaton finished his four-year career with 98 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 45 games played. He had two of his most productive games in back-to-back seasons against Georgia and posted a career-high seven tackles last season vs. Kentucky.
Here’s what Slaton will bring to the Packers.
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Tedarrell Slaton Positives
Slaton is an athletic, massive lineman who played multiple positions and sports in high school. He was a two-way starter for American Heritage at right tackle and defensive tackle, while also starring on the Patriots basketball team. And yes, the 6-foot-4, 330-pound big can dunk. Slaton’s hoops background is evident with his explosive first step, ability to move and body frame. His weight is evenly distributed and Florida’s strength staff has him in great shape. NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein describes him as a try-hard rusher whose athleticism creates more pressure than expected. He says Slaton also shows a quick release from blockers, power to drive centers into the backfield and a strong club arm for pocket push.
Tedarrell Slaton Concerns
Slaton has the traits of a run-plugger, but doesn’t show that on tape according to Zierlein. He struggles to control the point of attack, plays way too upright against double teams and frequently gives up ground to angle blocks. Zierlein also sees an inconsistent motor from Slaton and a narrow base that slows lateral slides against cutoffs. The 2017 U.S. Army All-American was a highly-ranked offensive guard recruit and arrived at Florida as a relatively raw defensive lineman. He made strides under position coach David Turner and overcame some early weight issues, but still needs to further develop his game.
Final thoughts on Tedarrell Slaton
Slaton has the versatility to play nose and defensive tackle in either 3-4 or 4-3 fronts. He possesses great athleticism and footwork for his size, but needs to gain more power to take on double teams. Slaton also has to improve on technique, including his bend and leverage. Nonetheless, he offers value as a late-round developmental prospect who could become a backup early in his pro career.