3. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Rashawn Slater is a really interesting draft prospect and one that could end up being a huge boost to whoever drafts him or one who could fail to live up to his potential if he finds himself in the wrong situation.
Knowing the LA Chargers’ luck with offensive lineman and developing them, there is no guarantee that Slater could live up to his potential in Los Angeles.
Slater is proficient in both run blocking and pass blocking, and most important, is very versatile. Slater can play anywhere along the offensive line and some teams may look to simply play him inside because he does not have prototypical NFL tackle size.
That is where I worry, as it is a double-edged sword. On one hand, you have a guy who can theoretically excel anywhere on the offensive line that currently projects to be better on the inside. On the other, you have a guy who could be forced inside by the wrong team who fails to develop him and he does not live up to his current potential.
The Chargers have already done this as well! The Bolts took Forrest Lamp and moved him to guard and while he battled a lot of injuries early in his career, he simply has not been as good as a guard as he was a tackle in college.
Still, the prospect of Slater moving up and down that offensive line and providing the first foundational building block for a better future is exciting, even if there are two more likely selections.