Where will seventh-round pick Chris Slayton fit in the defensive line rotation for the New York Giants? Let’s look at that as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp.
Position: Defensive line
How he got here
Slayton played 43 games for Syracuse and made 104 tackles, 30.5 for loss, with 7.5 sacks. The Giants drafted him in the seventh round, 245th overall.
After selecting Slayton, Giants GM Dave Gettleman called him “a big, violent inside banger.” Gettleman also said the Giants had the Syracuse defensive lineman graded as a Round 5 talent.
Slayton joins a young, powerful group of down linemen that includes first-round pick Dexter Lawrence, B.J. Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson and RJ McIntosh. The Giants were lining him up at the nose, or “shade” spot during the spring. He appears to have the versatility to play all three of the defensive line spots, something the Giants value.
In his 2019 NFL Draft Guide, Dane Brugler of The Athletic wrote:
A four-year starter at Syracuse, Slayton was the starting three-technique in the Orange’s four-man front, also starting outside at defensive end earlier in his career. Despite playing in every game the last four seasons, including 42 career starts, his production is unimpressive, never logging more than 33 tackles in one season. Although he tends to wear down, Slayton is a power-packed lineman with the toughness and demeanor required for the position. However, he doesn’t display disruptive traits and his suspect instincts and shed skills might limit his ability to two-gap. Overall, Slayton isn’t a souped-up athlete or rangy playmaker, but he possesses the NFL-quality power that will give him the chance to earn a spot in an NFL defensive line rotation.
How many snaps Slayton can earn in 2019 remains to be seen, but the Giants are hoping he can be part of a deep, athletic defensive line rotation they are trying to build.