Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
Slater is an interesting name that we’ve not seen linked with the Chiefs before, but he’s intriguing all the same. Slater is a versatile offensive line prospect out of Northwestern who might be the answer for the team’s woes inside if the Chiefs wanted to slide him in.
Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID, Slater decided early on that he wanted to focus on the draft and sit out the 2020 season for Northwestern. While he played inside along the line in high school, he’s kicked outside as a starter for the Wildcats at both left and right tackle over the last three years. However, he’s a bit smaller than most tackles—think Isaiah Wynn and not Mekhi Becton—so it’s up to the particular team that drafts him to use him how they will.
Despite his extensive experience at tackle, Slater swears he can play every single position along the line and we all know how much the Chiefs value their versatility. He also comes from a nice line of athletes as his father, Reggie, played for nearly a decade in the NBA with the Raptors, Nuggets, and Timberwolves, among others.
Glynn Morgan of NBC Sports believes Slater is the right pick in his latest mock and writes:
"Slater is an athletic bully that can embarrass defenders by leveraging them sideways, or laterally walling them away from pressuring the passer. He has good length and flexible hips that allow for ease in pivoting when attacking on the second level versus linebackers."