Packers Select TeDarrell Slaton, Defensive Tackle in 2021 NFL Draft - Round 5

The Green Bay Packers get some run stopping help in the 5th round with defensive tackle Tedarrell Slaton.

With the 173rd pick of the 2021 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers select . . .

Tedarrell Slaton, Florida, Defensive Tackle

 

MEASURABLES/PRO DAY:

6'4'' 330, 5.09, 27 bench reps, 29" vertical, 109" broad, 4.84 shuttle, 7.91 three cone
 

CAREER NOTES:

Slaton was a U.S. Army All-American after his senior year at American Heritage High School, where he played for former Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Surtain. He played in all 11 games for the Gators as a true freshman (11 tackles, 1.5 for loss) and then started two of 10 appearances in 2018 (21 tackles, one for loss). Slaton began using his massive frame to make more plays his junior season, posting 29 stops, four for loss, with two sacks in 12 contests as a top reserve. He was a big part of the Gators' defense in 2020, starting all 12 games in the middle (37 tackles, 3.5 for loss, with 1.5 sacks). -- by Chad Reuter from NFL.com

SCOUTING REPORTS:

"Massive man with evenly distributed body weight that will have him pegged as a nose in either even or odd fronts. While the traits say run-plugger, the tape does not. He doesn't control the point of attack with power and frequently gave ground to double teams and angle blocks. He has the power to handle single blocks and might be able to strengthen the anchor if his bend and leverage can be improved. He's a try-hard rusher whose athleticism creates more pressure than expected. He has late-round value and might become a developmental prospect on a practice squad." -- NFL.com

"Slaton is an impressively built interior defensive line prospect . . . He carries his weight well with an evenly distributed body structure. Leverage is the name of his game and he often starts low in his stance . . . An extremely powerful player at the point of attack, he makes it difficult for double teams to move him off of his spots. He's a true head-up 0-technique that thrives with maintaining both A-gaps . . . He's been treated primarily as a two-down defender and he won't provide much value on third down or obvious passing situations. As a run defender, there are stretches of inconsistencies of where he can make plays while engaged in single blocks, but he fails to make an impact and thus falls victim to runs being exploited through his gap." -- The Draft Network

“The Ft. Lauderdale native stayed in-state and chose to attend Florida after being a two-time high school state champion. A three-year starter for the Gators, Slaton probably had his best season in 2020 and his best games against Georgia and Kentucky, where he was stout against the run and ate up space in the middle of the line. Scouts comment that for as big as he is, Slaton isn’t “overweight” and uses his weight well . . . Slaton lines up in a low stance and uses good leverage to be a force at the point of attack. His game is all about power, and he appears to be a true nose tackle, which will likely be his position at the pro level . . . As a pass-rusher he has a swim move but is more of a bull rusher and has not been very effective. For the most part, he is an early-down run stuffer who will be replaced on passing downs.” – Mark Eckel from CheeseheadTV Draft Guide

 

FIT WITH THE PACKERS:

Green Bay finally gets Kenny Clark some help on the defensive line. Slaton is a massive nose tackle who can anchor against double teams and free up linebackers to roam to the ball and shoot gaps. Not only will Slaton help alleviate some pressure off of Clark, but he should also help inside backers Kamal Martin Krys Barnes stay off of blocks.
 
While Slaton doesn't offer much as a pass rusher on third downs, he does give the Packers a two-down run stopper who can free up teammates to make plays. Built in the mold of Ryan Pickett or Howard Green, Slaton should serve a similar function in the Packers defense, which is a great value late in the fifth round.
 
The Packers were gashed in several games on inside runs the past two seasons. Slaton is one big step in the right direction in shoring up this weakness.
 
 
COMMENTARY: 

The Slaton pick makes a lot of sense for Green Bay at this point in the draft. It's difficult to find impact players in the middle of Day 3, and while fans shouldn't expect Slaton to be a playmaker on the field, he certainly can contribute immediately as a valuable role player. The Packers have needed more consistency in their run defense from their defensive line group outside of Kenny Clark. This selection will also reduce the amount of double teams Clark sees every week, freeing him up to shoot gaps and get penetration in the backfield.

The Packers could have used this pick to address inside linebacker, which is another big need on their defense. There were certainly a handful of talented off-ball linebackers on the board, like Charles Snowden, Dylan Moses, or KJ Britt. However, a stout nose tackle or one technique who can take on double teams against the run game only makes a team's inside linebackers better. Martin and Barnes should be elated with this selection. It seems Green Bay is committing to their young inside backers and prioritizing the interior of the defensive line over the second level.

 

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dobber's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:22 pm

Scratches head...

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marpag1's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:25 pm

Taking a shot at grabbing another Gilbert Brown, "immovable object" type.

Probably won't work, but it's not a bad idea.

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murf7777's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:36 pm

You’re right most late 5th rounders don’t so much, but if he does it would be great to give Clarke a rest and/ or move him to DT for a few plays.

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dobber's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:42 pm

Could be they're banking on getting him on an NFL program and seeing what he turns out to be.

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Coldworld's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:42 pm

Well, he’s either one or the other of the two players described, maybe.

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murf7777's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:27 pm

Love it, draft 3 big guys! You win in the trenches.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:41 pm

I liked this guy as a Day 3 guy from the beginning, because I think that the #1 need of the Packer defense is the ability to win the short yardage snaps. Third and 2. First and goal.

And in my experience, there is nothing that slows up a running game more than an enormous pile in the A gap, and there's nobody better for that purpose than a really big dude.

Quick feet, pad level, blah blah blah. How many of you folks have ever tried to push a 350 pound man? Mass wins. Inertia triumphs. So I wanted a big mass in the middle of that line. Now we have him.

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Minniman's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:55 pm

I will certainly give you the point that the maxim in weight-lifting circles is that “you need mass to move mass”.

Good natural hip girdle flexibility and a subsequent low starting center of mass is a positive elementary attribute that at least the coaches don’t need to work on - especially is it is going to be expected that he’ll be predominantly double teamed.

By the sounds of it, the most work that the coaches need to do is between his ears - the ultimate NFL test.

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splitpea1's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:46 pm

Break out the champagne!! A big man finally taken....

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JimPackerBacker's picture

May 01, 2021 at 05:53 pm

I like his film. He is a player in a big program in the big leagues.

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splitpea1's picture

May 01, 2021 at 06:17 pm

I was hoping for Tufele because of the athleticism, motor, and versatility. Of course that idea evaporated when we traded up for the new A-Rod. I should probably be thankful that Gute did at least remember at some point later that we needed help on the D-line.

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stockholder's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:30 pm

Wait . they'll make him a LB.

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MITM's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:44 pm

no stockholder the position doesnt matter here even though all the true TOP defenses in the NFL have at least 1 stud starter. Must be a crazy coincidence.

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Coldworld's picture

May 01, 2021 at 05:32 pm

We just abolished ILB. Behind the big uglies we will now just have a comforting girdle of Plus Safeties and a couple of tiny guys off to the side. This is considered much more mutually reinforcing for all but the little guys and the ones too slow to catch us.

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The_Justicar's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:03 pm

So, as a Florida season ticket holder and gator homer....here is my “expert” take.

Slaton was a two way player in high school and while a highly rated recruit it was more for being an offensive guard in high school. He wanted to play more defense in college. Is a big dude and more athletic than most think. He is known to do windmill and sometimes 360 dunks at 350 pounds. He never lived up to his billing out of high school but midway through his junior year he picked up his play. I disagree with the review above in that he cannot hold the point of attack. I have seen him take on double teams and actually beat those double teams and get penetration. But he isn’t consistent and that was his problem. He was less effective parked next to a weaker player this year but the return from suspension of a better player allowed him to go upfield more and he played much better. The media who covered the team felt like he needed motivation and needed to have better endurance so that could be an issue.

I’m a gator homer but think late 5th round is a good spot for a man of his size. I’d say his floor is M Adams - which ain’t good to be honest but think he is still ascending while Adams was not.

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dobber's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:41 pm

Thanks, Justicar. I'm encouraged by this review.

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Coldworld's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:43 pm

Appears to have a surprisingly good first step. Could be disruptive with that.

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flackcatcher's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:53 pm

Nice overview. Saw him play, is far better than the write up. Keep wondering what was going on with that coaching staff. Has a chance to fill a need that the Packers has had for the past two year.

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Minniman's picture

May 01, 2021 at 04:01 pm

Reply posted in a thread above, then read your post - thanks - summary, more training focus between the ears and he could be a better Letroy Guion and a long term side-kick for Clark.

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stockholder's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:36 pm

Suspension?

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The_Justicar's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:38 pm

Not him, his teammate was suspended thr first 3 games - the DT who plays next to him.

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murf7777's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:41 pm

Stockholder, are there any of the Packers pick you like?

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stockholder's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:46 pm

This next one CB. And I would have taken Twyman

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justjan's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:41 pm

Bet you are hoping he has a great career.

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stockholder's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:52 pm

How do you feed him?

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PhantomII's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:07 pm

Feed him one QB at a time.

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4thand10's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:48 pm

As long as he can take some pressure off Clark

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HankScorpio's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:51 pm

Big interior DL? Yes, please. Thank you!

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Leatherhead's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:33 pm

I agree.

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PhantomII's picture

May 01, 2021 at 02:53 pm

He will be next to Clark, it will work. He seems fairly quick for big fella. Pushes the pocket at a good rate. It would be nice if Keke takes a step forward this year and this guy at NT and Clark either side. I like it......FINALLY. Okay Gute now another DL for depth or trade with someone who has depth. Another CB and LB.....Punter.

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murf7777's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:08 pm

Let’s see if they can train him to run stuff better. Seems like he has some good pass rush moves. What I like is you cannot train his athleticism with his size. A great upside pick in the late 5th round.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:42 pm

I think he's a first down/short yardage guy exclusively.

On first down, we might line up Clark, Lancaster/Lowry, Slaton, Gary, Smith, Smith, Barnes as our Front 7. A good run stopping group, but also one that features several legitimate pass rushing threats.

I don't really care what Slaton does on the pass rush, as long as he can clog up that space between the guards. I think we should feed him Gilbertburgers until he's ready to pop and turn him loose. He's only gonna play about 20 snaps anyway. Maybe some special teams snaps.

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Coldworld's picture

May 01, 2021 at 05:38 pm

I think both he and Rush can be disruptive, if probably not reaching the QB, moving the pocket. Up to us to use them that way. We need to stop the run and disrupt the pocket in the middle. If they can do that, teams can’t zero in on Clark as they could do often last year.

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Lphill's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:21 pm

A developmental project. What a joke , Montavious Adams has returned , absolutely a mockery .

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Demon's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:37 pm

What do you expect in the late 5th round An instant starter and first year probowler? You do know other teams have scouts too right?

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13TimeChamps's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:48 pm

Drafting a player at the bottom of the 5th round to develop is "absolutely a mockery"?

That comment is a mockery.

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BradHTX's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:57 pm

Seriously, why bother responding?

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13TimeChamps's picture

May 01, 2021 at 04:04 pm

Because it's a public forum that encourages dialogue and opinions.

I'm not sure why it bothers you that I responded.

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flackcatcher's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:46 pm

I've said this before, but it needs repeating. The college game has radically changed. Division 1 teams defense play 2 DL in their base schemes. That's a response to spread offensive schemes that pop up over the last decade. The Wisconsin defensive scheme is the rule, not the exception these days. As much as some may hate to hear this, schemes that feature three DL are becoming rare in the NFL and the Pettine/Wisconsin 2 DL (or some variation) is becoming the norm. What is happening to the DL position is like what happened to both ILB and FB in football. Now the wheel does turn, so at some point the DL position will rise again as offensives scheme to take advantage of the lack of 'beef' on the LOS. But right now, NFL GMs problem is there are not that many DL in the system. It literally is a numbers issue.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 01, 2021 at 04:03 pm

As a previous Packer GM said "God only made a few bodies that can be NFL nose tackles". You don't just find these guys stocking shelves at Wal Mart.

If you want to control short yardage and goal line plays, these really big guys are useful.

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JimPackerBacker's picture

May 01, 2021 at 06:00 pm

Last year I remember three man fronts. When do the 2 DL lines start, and where do they line up?

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flackcatcher's picture

May 02, 2021 at 06:07 pm

Both Green Bay and the Falcons in the early 2000s started with nickel packages that featured and extra OLB. Green Bay under Capers with his elephant packages had two massive DL in LOS with CM3 and Peppers playing more in line. Falcons really push the hybrid/SS to the point they were playing dime as their standard package in their Superbowl year. Today there is a lot more situational football, so most teams standard package plays 2DL and rotate either a third DL or like the Packers a third hybrid/OLB to play in line. The problem is all teams play nickel and dime packages in their secondary, so something got to give. The Standey?/Fagio packages dumped their ILB for two SS playing in the slot. The Pettine/Lendord? scheme played two DL and rotated a hybrid/OLB and extra SS in the slot. Both defensive schemes give up attacking the run to cover the pass. That's the price in a mostly passing league. Sorry if I was a bit long winded.

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JimPackerBacker's picture

May 01, 2021 at 06:00 pm

Last year I remember three man fronts. When do the 2 DL lines start, and where do they line up?

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PatrickGB's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:52 pm

And he comes a lot cheaper than “Snacks”. I see the weight room and salad bar in his future. In his interview he remarked that he plans on dropping weight and adding endurance and consistently to his game.

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frankthefork's picture

May 01, 2021 at 04:23 pm

Trenches....sweet, there goes the grocery bills.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 01, 2021 at 08:08 pm

One of my favorites. I thought he'd be a 4th round comp to 5th. Happy to get him late in the fifth.

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