2) Rashawn Slater, OT
Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater shot up draft boards over the last year – some even rating him higher than one of the best offensive line prospects ever in Oregon’s Penei Sewell. Slater would be an invaluable piece for a team who’s been trying to fix their line for almost a decade.
Slater’s ability to play multiple positions along the offensive line at a high level would provide the Giants with a great amount of flexibility. With the departure of veteran Kevin Zeitler this off-season, the former Wildcat would sure up the right side of the team’s line.
He’s more athletic than any six-foot-three and 305 pound man has any right to be. Slater’s strength, speed and intelligence all factor into his play – combining to make him an outstanding prospect.
His ability to get to the second level in the run game must be music to Saquon Barkley’s ears. With Slater opening up holes for him, the Giants’ star could shatter his career highs while returning from his ACL tear.
Offensive lineman may be the one position where the Giants severely downgraded in free agency – losing Zeitler and only a combination of Will Hernandez, Shane Lemieux and Zach Fulton to replace him. Addressing it with Slater would allow the Giants to continue to grow their young, talented unit.
Gettleman’s love of hog-mollies may force his hand – fans certainly won’t complain if they get Slater out of it.