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Rashawn Slater: 3 predictions for Chargers top NFL Draft pick

Rashawn Slater after being selected by the Los Angeles Chargers during the 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Rashawn Slater after being selected by the Los Angeles Chargers during the 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Rashawn Slater, Northwestern Wildcats
Rashawn Slater #70 of the Northwestern Wildcats (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

No. 1: Rashawn Slater will be a Pro Bowler in Year 1

The last time the Chargers had a Pro Bowl offensive lineman was in 2017 with tackle Russell Okung.

And the last time the Bolts had a rookie O-lineman receive this honor? Well, let’s not go there.

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Los Angeles’ long history of neglecting its O-line ends with Rashawn Slater, who’ll be the caliber of player likely contending for Pro Bowl honors on a yearly basis. Based on his exceptional collegiate career as well as the situation he’s entering with the Chargers right now, there’s no reason to assume he does anything else.

The only obstacle to Slater receiving rookie Pro Bowl accolades, perhaps, will be how the NFL decides to handle its annual all-star game, which was canceled last year because of the pandemic. Players were still named to the Pro Bowl, of course. But given the game itself wasn’t actually played, there were no opt-outs and no reason to find alternates to make up for those not wanting to play or those suiting up for the Super Bowl.

Of course, if the league goes back to actually playing the game, Slater’s chances of getting a Pro Bowl nod in year one increase dramatically.

But even if it isn’t, Slater could still wind up being one of the best tackles within the AFC and receiving the commendation nonetheless.

For this prediction, let’s assume he does just that.

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