Darius Slayton

Auburn
WR

Prospect Info

College
Auburn
Hometown
Class
GA
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
190 lbs
32 3/4”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.65
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
New York Giants
Giants
Round 5 ‧ Pick 33
40 Yard Dash
4.39u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
11
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
40.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
135.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.0
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.15
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Auburn signed Slayton out of Norcross, Georgia, where he was an All-Region receiver and state sprint champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He used that speed as a redshirt freshman in 2016, starting 11 of 13 games played (15 catches, 292 yards, 19.5 average). Slayton showed his big-play wares as a sophomore, as well, starting nine times and catching 29 passes for 643 yards (22.2 average) and five touchdowns in 13 games. Though the Tigers didn't excel on offense consistently in 2018, Slayton produced when given the chance, grabbing 35 throws for 670 yards (19.1 average), tying for the team lead with five touchdowns in 12 games (11 starts).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
D.J. Chark
Overview
Height, weight, speed prospect who -- like the entire Auburn offense -- had better tape in 2017 than 2018. While Slayton has the athleticism to run a fully-formed route tree, but hasn't yet learned to separate effectively from quality man coverage. His blazing speed is appealing, but teams will want to see more consistency from his hands and as a ball-tracker down the field. With that said, he's more than just a field stretcher and has the traits and talent to become a WR2/3 with more work.
Strengths
  • Has the traits/ability to work on all three levels
  • Able to get away from press without delays
  • Big accelerator off the line of scrimmage
  • Runs with gliding strides
  • Electric deep ball speed to stretch the field
  • Posted six touchdowns of 50-plus yards since 2017
  • Eyes find football quickly for back-shoulder adjustments
  • Finds an extra few inches of catch-radius for high throws
  • Quick to get upfield after catch
  • Make-you-miss runner with above average YAC potential
  • Uses hands effectively to create distance from cornerbacks
Weaknesses
  • Inconsistent hands and catches back half of the football
  • Has a high drop rate over last two seasons
  • Lacks catch readiness to handle the heat
  • Ball-tracking is a mixed bag on deep balls
  • Below-average understanding of his route-running
  • Makes clumsy attempts to gain leverage
  • Separation from breaks doesn't match his traits
  • Needs to become more skilled and physical at top of his route
  • Had problems countering Deandre Baker's tenacious coverage
Sources Tell Us

"That whole thing was a disaster this year. His quarterback wasn't good, the offensive staff was dysfunctional and they run an outdated offense anyway. I don’t put that on (Slayton)." - AFC southeastern scout

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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