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Matt Slauson (OG)
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 316
College: Nebraska
Conference: Big Ten
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
High School: Air Force Prep
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Selected by: New York Jets
Round: 6
Pick (Overall): 20 (193)
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Pick Analysis: Slauson is a big, strong guard who is very smart with excellent strength. Nebraska does a good job of developing offensive linemen. Slausen has decent speed and his girth will help him adjust to the NFL playing inside. Jets offensive line coach Bill Callahan recruited Slauson to Nebraska. He may have had something to do with this pick.
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Overview

The 'Huskers relied on Slauson to step in where needed throughout his four-year career. A second-team All-Big 12 pick at right guard as a senior, he started at both tackle spots and right guard in 2007, at right tackle for all but two games in 2007 (leg injury) and in three games as a true freshman. Slauson's versatility, size and strength are exactly what NFL teams (especially those using zone-blocking schemes) look for in a late-round offensive line prospect. Had an arm span of 33 1/8 inches and a hand span of 10 1/2 inches at the combine.


High School

Played one season at Air Force Prep School in Colorado Springs, lining up at offensive tackle. Slauson spent the 2003 season at Air Academy High in Colorado Springs after moving from Oregon before his senior season. Slauson began his high school career at Sweet Home High in Oregon, where he starred on the offensive line for Coach Rob Younger. Overall, Slauson lettered three times in football, twice in basketball and four times in track during his prep career.


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Analysis

Positives: Good height with strong upper- and lower-body builds. Strong anchor; typically does not get pushed into quarterback. Gets his hands inside his man's jersey quickly and resets his hands to sustain. Picks up twists from the inside. Fires out of his stance on zone run and short-yardage plays. Will hustle to help quarterback when the play breaks down. Adequate moving in space; can reach linebackers and even safeties at the third level. Strong enough to block down on the tackle but use his right arm to prevent linebackers from blitzing between guard-tackle gap.


Negatives: Agility might be tested against NFL defensive tackles. Recovery speed is lacking against quick spin moves. Must use a stronger initial punch in pass protection. Plays with high pads at times; must bend his knees to prevent losing the leverage battle. Will overextend when one-on-one against a strong tackle. Does not always pick up his first inside target when on the move.


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