22 Sep 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Tedarrell Slaton, DL, Florida

Florida Gators’s Tedarrell Slaton (56) celebrates after a play during a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Sept. 30, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. LOGAN BOWLES GETTY IMAGES

Senior | 6’4″, 358 lbs | Fort Lauderdale, FL

An imposing frame with strength and a high motor, but room for improvement as a true DT.

Slaton came to Gainesville as a top 100 recruit, but back then he was on the other side of the ball. His position switch came immediately, as he appeared in 11 games as a true freshman on the defensive side of the trenches. He returns for his senior season as a member of what many consider one of the best DL units in the SEC, and will have the chance to to prove it while competing against some of the best offensive line units in the country.

Strengths:

  • Anchor Strength
  • High Motor
  • Bull Rush
  • Initial Punch
  • Tackling

Areas To Improve:

  • Pass Rush Repertoire
  • Pad Level
  • Range
  • Combating Double Teams
  • Get Off
  • Screen Recognition
  • Block Shedding

Injury Concerns:

  • N/A

Way too Early Projection:

There is an old saying that you can’t teach size, and that is something Slaton does not have to worrry about. At his size he will out class almost any opponent he will face on the interior, the problem for him is the things that can be taught. He flashes some exceptional tools at times, but these flashes are inconsistent at best. Slaton is a true Nose Tackle, and spends the majority of his time in the A-Gaps as a 1/2i. His size and natural srength are his main tools, allowing him to be a force in one-on-one battles, and he can occasionally stifle double teams. His inconsistency will be his major hinderance, and as a result he will be a mid or late Day 3 pick at best if a team wants to take a flier on him.

What To Watch For:

Slaton has a lot of work to do if he wants to be a true candidate to be drafted. Size can only get a player so far, and he needs to buff out the nuances of playing the position. Slaton will need to become a much more consistent force up front, and he will need to display improvement in block shedding and pad level. This will not be an easy task with the quality of the oppenents he will have to face every week, but it needs to happen if he wants to avoid entering the free agent pool once the draft is over.

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