Biography: Four-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference an All-American honors since his freshman campaign. Senior totals included 50/607/4 after 40/510/ as a junior. Career totals of 66/818/5 came during his sophomore season.
Positives: Undersized, pass-catching tight end who has been very productive on the college level. Quickly releases off the line, displays sharpness into routes, and gets separation from opponents. Nicely adjusts to the errant throw, looks the pass into his hands, and competes to make the difficult reception. Displays focus, concentration, and makes the tough catch in a crowd. Gives effort blocking and plays with good knee bend.
Negatives: Effective when he extends to make the reception away from his frame, but all too often unnecessarily lets the pass get inside him, and does a lot of body catching. Lacks strength at the point of attack and struggles to control opposing linebackers.
Analysis: Slate has been consistent on the college level, but he looks more like a big possession receiver than a tight end. He projects as an H-back in the NFL.
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