2019 vs standford, Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State
Rashawn has great athleticism for a person of his size. He has quick feet and is technically proficient when it comes to block mechanics. He can anchor well and does show some recovery ability. He is fairly explosive out of his stance and get get to the second level with ease and take on quicker linebackers effectively. He communicates well at the LOS and has some versatility in his game having played for RT and LT in his college career.
Slater lacks ideal length for a protoypical tackle in the NFL. While he does show a good punch, it is difficult to land against long defenders who can keep Slater off of them. While having enough functiol strength, he is not a mauler and does not often move people off the LOS and pancake defenders. He can struggle against bull rushes and also strong, inside power moves when knocked aside and not able to recover quickly enough.
Rashawn has had an exceptiol career at Northwestern, despite sitting out the 2020 season. He has great versatility as well having played RT before moving to LT before his junior season. While having good size, he lacks ideal tackle length in the NFL. He has been successful by primarily relyiing on his athleticism. He is quick out of his stance and has great feet allowing him to mirror his defenders very well. He is not a mauler and while he does anchor well enough, he has shown to be weak against bull rushes and strong, interior pass rush moves. I see this becoming a bigger issue in the NFl. I see him as best fit as a guard and possibly a center position being his best NFL spot. His success at the college level should give him a spot to try and become an NFL tackle with a kick inside if needed. He handled Chase Young well enough in 2019 that writing him off completley as a tackle would be a disservice as he may be able to find similar success in the NFL. That position versatility will also be highly important for him, allowing him to become part of any starting 5 rotation a team may need. His athleticism would allow him to pull with the best at his position making him a great target for a team that runs a inside/outside zone offense where he can make an impact both at the LOS and also in space and can use his athleticism more than sheer power and mauling abilities that a power run offense would prefer.
His biggest positive traits that jumps off on tape. He moves extremely well, whether getting into position on pass protection, rolling outside or getting to the second level. He shows good, tural knee end and moves side to side extremely well. He does not have elite explosion and has good balance while blocking. He doesn't have raw power to be a mauler but shows the mentality of one. His play strength can be inconsistent but more often that not has enough strength to slow down a rusher.
Movement off L.O.S.
Pull & Block Outside
Adjust in Space
Use of Hands
Big Play Ability
While he is not a mauler, he is a phenomil run blocker beside the fact who won't create much movement off the LOS. He has a quick first step and great use of hands allowing him to get quick leverage in a block. His great athleticism is seen by getting off the line quickly, have good foot movement and also pulling outside with ease and with good speed. He is a great asset. He won't create a hole but does a great job sealing off edges. At the second level, he can easily drive away defenders and will always look for that second block as needed.
More often than not, the initial attack by a defender will be unsuccessful no matter the attack plan. He can sometimes get beat by elite speed but has enough speed himself to typically protect that corner. Rashawn sometimes gets his feet stuck in the mud and can be too slow with his feet or even begin to lean too far forward allowing a good rip move or quick move to get around him. Strong inside rush moves seems to give him troubles where he is very susceptible to drawing a holding flag as he tries to recover. This happens more often than I'd like to see. He anchors well though against strong bull rush moves. His lack of length does show from time to time during pass protection when going against longer defenders that he can't latch onto.
Ability to Combat Inside Move
Rashawn has a strong motor who shows a tecity in how he plays, just doesn't have the physical tools to ect with that mindset. He attacks each player across from him with the same mindset of wanting to domite the matchup. He is always looking for a block as well and never is just sitting and watching a play take place.
Extremely smart player. He communicates well and trusts his eyes as stunts take place and rarely finds himself out of position. Given his playing experience and intelligence, he could potentially play any spot along the offensive line. He shows a mauler mentality and always looks for another block.