The 2019 NFL Draft saw Syracuse Orange players picked this year, with defensive tackle Chris Slayton among them. SU’s expert run-stopper was selected 245th overall in the 7th round by the New York Giants.
Slayton played in 49 games over the course of his four-year career with the Orange, collecting 107 tackles, 32.5 TFLs and 9.5 sacks. He was a force when it came to clogging the middle, and frequently drew doubles which freed up other linemen to rush the passer. His senior season earned him an invite to the East-West Shrine game, where he had a tackle and a QB hurry.
At the NFL Scouting Combine in February, he ran a 5.13-second 40-yard dash, with 28 bench press reps, a vertical jump of 29 inches and a broad jump of 101 inches.
Congrats to Chris for getting drafted this year and for having the chance to stay “close” to home. He’s the first Orange defensive tackle picked since Jay Bromley in the third round in 2014, and the fourth SU defensive lineman picked this decade, following Arthur Jones, Chandler Jones and Bromley.