Chris Slayton

Syracuse
DT

Prospect Info

College
Syracuse
Hometown
Class
University Park, IL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
307 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
10 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.23
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
New York Giants
Giants
Round 7 ‧ Pick 31
40 Yard Dash
5.13u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
28
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
101.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.73
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

It did not take long for Slayton to make his presence felt on the Orange defensive line, playing in all 12 games and starting five times as a true freshman in 2015 (22 tackles, six for loss, one sack). The Illinois native started all 12 games as a sophomore (three at end, nine at tackle), tying for the team lead with 10 tackles for loss (33 total tackles) and topping the squad with four sacks. Slayton again started every game for Syracuse as a junior, posting 28 tackles, 8.5 for loss, and a sack. He was an honorable mention All-ACC pick in 2018, starting all 13 games and making 24 tackles, eight for loss, 3.5 sacks, and one forced fumbles.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 6
Overview
Picturesque 3-technique with desired frame and initial quickness to make a roster, but an alarming lack of production relative to his traits. Slayton's tape shows a player who doesn't rev the motor hot enough to finish what he starts which has to change on the next level. If he learns to convert his early advantages into sustains and then finishes, he could become a much better player than where I currently have him graded.
Strengths
  • Well-built with broad chest, thick arms and good lean muscle mass
  • Movement is natural and athletic
  • Ankle flexion promotes 2-gap potential
  • Above-average reactive quickness to blocker's first step
  • Has initial quickness to beat his blocker to the spot
  • Shorter legs create sturdier base
  • Engages with proper pad level
  • Shows some ability to the creases of a double time and pry it open
  • Can dent the pocket as a bull-rusher
Weaknesses
  • Production somewhat underwhelming as three-year starter
  • Can crack open door to the backfield, but doesn't convert enough
  • Doesn't look to improve positioning often enough with footwork
  • Lower body tightness makes finding edges more challenging
  • Tries to impose force through forward lean
  • Tends to give in once initial charge falters
  • Needs a more determined effort from snap to snap
  • Hands aren't pre-emptive enough as a pass rusher

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GRADE
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