Photo of Steve Slaton
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 5'10" Height
  • 195LBS. Weight


Even after a disappointing junior season, Slaton's agility and breakaway speed will be enough to earn him a second- or third-round selection in the 2008 draft. With a heavy workload over his career, Slaton has proven durable despite his lack of prototypical size. A natural open-field runner, Slaton can make an immediate impact as a runner, receiver and returner.



Positives: Short, but has a powerful, compact frame. ... Good initial quickness. ... Good vision. ... Good lateral agility to slide down the line and shows the burst to explode through the line when he sees the hole. ... Rare acceleration into the open field. ... Soft, secure hands out of the backfield. Negatives: Lacks prototype size and explosiveness for the position. ... Good acceleration to burst for big plays but there are questions about his ability to truly breakaway from defenders in the open field. ... No major injuries over his career, but has a tendency to get nicked up. ... Played in an offense perfectly suited to his ability. ... With defenses spread out to protect against QB Pat White and others, Slaton often didn't have to meet his first defender until a few yards past the line of scrimmage. ... Has the skill set to be a return specialist, but has limited experience here.
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.