Bengals’ draft prospects: Rashawn Slater
Although Sewell is likely out of the picture, the front office should still maintain their focus on shoring up the offensive line. The 2021 draft class offers a number of intriguing tackle prospects, and it’s going to take months to sort out who comes in at OT #2 behind Sewell.
However, if you’re going to bet on such a topic, Rashawn Slater is as good of a prospect as any to place your money on. The 315-pounder is surging up draft boards as of recently, and there’s no telling how high his stock might fly.
The Northwestern Wildcat has impressive mobility that he often shows off in the run game, routinely working up to the second level of the defense to pave holes for his running back.
In terms of pass protection, he isn’t lacking in that department either. Two years ago, he was the only lineman in the country to go up against Chase Young one-on-one and live to tell the tale. Albeit, his reps against the quarterback terrorizer were limited.
The biggest knock you’re going to hear about Slater is his size. He’s officially listed at 6’4 but he’s expected to measure even smaller than that by the time the combine rolls around. Even at his listed height, that’s inches shorter than you typically see a bookend at the professional level.
Still, the tape speaks for itself. It’s time for WhoDey nation to flip it on and seriously consider the possibility that Slater could trade in his Wildcat purple for the orange and black.