Photo of Jamoris Slaughter
Drafted By: Browns
  • Round 6
  • Pick 7
  • Overall 175

Combine Results

Grade
59.7 ?

Draft Analysis:

"He got hurt this past year. What I like about him is he can play free safety. When they played teams that ran option, they actually put him in as a sub linebacker. It's true value for me for the Cleveland Browns. He'll compete at special teams and ultimately as a free safety." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 195LBS. Weight
  • 8 5/8" Hands

Overview

There isn’t anywhere that Slaughter hasn’t lined up over the past three years in South Bend. Even at six feet, 200 pounds, he has played a safety/linebacker hybrid position in addition to lining up as a nickel back and either safety spot. This versatility will endear him to NFL defensive coordinators always on the lookout for players able to stay on the field no matter the offensive personnel.



The all-state high school safety from Georgia did not play for the Irish in 2008, but played in all 12 games the following year (one start, 14 tackles). Slaughter played in 11 games, started five, and was credited with 31 tackles, three pass break-ups, and an interception; he played through an ankle injury suffered in the opener for most of the year, missing two games and undergoing surgery after the season. As a junior, he often played around the line (45 tackles, four for loss, two sacks) but still had an impact in coverage duties while starting 10 of 13 games played. In his senior year, Slaughter participated in just three games before tearing his Achilles tendon. He was denied an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA. In those three games, he registered eight tackles and one pass breakup.

Analysis

Strengths

Solid pass defender. Knocks receivers off their route with a strong punch, and has the read-and-react skills to follow quarterbacks’ eyes and knock away passes in zone. Attacking blitzer, able to throw aside running backs and run under the shoulder of tackles trying to protect their quarterback. Also plays with strength against the run, fighting off receivers to contain on the edge. Brings attitude into head-on collisions in the open field, can stop backs in the hole. Contributes on special teams coverage units, using speed and intensity to fight through blocks.

Weaknesses

Lacks a true position. Might not have the size to suceed against tight ends or the foot quickness to handle faster receivers. Spends a lot of time around the line, will needs to prove the range and ability to read routes in two-deep looks. Hasn’t been challenged in coverage often. Injuries.

NFL Comparison

Eddie Pleasant

Bottom Line

Notre Dame coaches have used Slaughter’s excellent football instincts all over the field throughout his career. However, between his lack of a true position, season ending injury, and a deep defensive back class, Slaughter might not hear his name called on draft day.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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