The Packers selected Florida DT Tedarrell “TJ” Slaton in the 5th round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Slaton played all 4 of his collegiate seasons in the SEC with the Florida Gators. He’s a very big human, who stands at 6’5 and 340 pounds. In 2020, Slaton had 37 tackles, 3.5 TFL’s and 1.5 Sacks. In his career, he tallied 98 tackles, 8.5 TFL’s and 3.5 sacks. He started all 11 games in both his Junior and Senior Seasons with the Gators.
Quick Scouting Report on Slaton, via Sports Illustrated: https://www.si.com/nfl/draft/scouting-reports/tedarrellslaton
It’s no secret that the Packers are thinking ahead with their selection of Slaton. Packers DT Kenny Clark should remain in Green Bay for a while after signing an extension that keeps him in Green Bay through 2024. However, it’s unlikely that the Packers will have DE’s Dean Lowry and Tyler Lancaster on the team after the 2021 season. The remaining lineman on the roster is Kingsley Keke and not much else. The Packers not only need bodies on the defensive front but players who can be effective and make an impact moving forward.
What Others are Saying
Tedarrell Slaton is 6-4, 330. Packers have been looking for this exact body type for a while. Interested in Dalvin Tomlinson at the trade deadline. Signed Snacks Harrison. Anthony Rush too. They want that massive run-stuffer. This is the guy.
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) May 1, 2021
TeDarrell Slaton is a BEAST in the trenches
— IKE Packers Podcast (@IKE_Packers) May 1, 2021
Tedarrell Slaton was drafted with pick 173 of round 5 in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 7.96 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 268 out of 1309 DT from 1987 to 2021. https://t.co/cWvqTRJXva #RAS #Packers pic.twitter.com/ylv3MSMWwX
— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) May 1, 2021
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