The New York Giants selected Syracuse defensive lineman Chris Slayton with the 245th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 307 pound tackle was the final of the Giants’ 10 selections this weekend and caps off what appears to be another productive draft by general manager Dave Gettleman and his staff.
Slayton, a redshirt senior, was a dominant force on the Orange’s defensive front for all four of his years in Syracuse and was a three-year starter. In 49 career games (42 starts), he racked up 107 tackles (66 solo) with 32.5 tackles for a loss, including 9.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. Slayton finished his career ninth all-time at Syracuse in tackles for a loss.
A quick scouting report from Lance Zierlein of NFL.com:
Picturesque 3-technique with desired frame and initial quickness to make a roster, but an alarming lack of production relative to his traits. Slayton’s tape shows a player who doesn’t rev the motor hot enough to finish what he starts which has to change on the next level. If he learns to convert his early advantages into sustains and then finishes, he could become a much better player than where I currently have him graded.
Slayton will be part of the defensive line rotation which is now getting crowded with B.J. Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson, R.J. McIntosh, Olsen Pierre and this year’s first rounder, Dexter Lawrence.
General manager Dave Gettleman has reiterated that you can’t have too many good players at one position and the Giants are now fully stocked on their defensive line.