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Matt Slauson Scouting Report

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Slauson Brings Much Needed Leadership and Experience To A Young Oline Group

NFL: Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

College:

Nebraska

Measurables:

Height: 6’5” / Weight: 316 lbs / Age: 32 / Experience: 9 years

40 Yard Dash: 5.26 / Bench Reps: N/A / Vertical Jump: 34 in / Broad Jump: 110 in / 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.86 / 3 Cone Drill: 7.86

Professional Transactions:

Signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 20, 2018

Signed by the Chargers to a two year contract on May 7, 2016

Released by the Bears on May 1, 2016

Signed a four year extension with the Bears on January 2, 2014

Signed by the Bears to a one year deal on March 29, 2013

Drafted by the Jets in the sixth round of the 2009 draft

Contract Terms:

1 year, $3.0M


Former Coaches and Teammates On Slauson:

Throughout his NFL career, coaches have raved about his work ethic, leadership, and presence in the locker room. He seems like the type of player that younger players really get along with and look up to. Here are some quotes from former coaches and teammates.

Former Bears Head Coach John Fox said this about Slauson in 2015, “He’s really attacked this offseason. He’s been great with our coaching staff and with his teammates and I’ve definitely seen him take a step forward in the leadership department.”

Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn had this to say about Slauson after he went down with an injury last season, “He was a like another coach in that room, especially for the young players. So he had a lot of good intangibles.”

Russell Okung, Tackle for the Chargers, had this to say regarding Slauson’s work developing the young lineman on the team, “Matt’s been preparing Feeney since minicamp and OTAs. Expectations are high in our room, and we’re going to help him as he comes into this process. I’m very hurt by Matt not being able to play. His presence in our room is amazing.”

Lastly, this isn’t a former coach or player who spoke on Slauson but my good friend Mike Peterson from Bolts From The Blue and Inside The Pylon is a well respected offensive line expert and he said that Slauson “has that blue collar work ethic you love” and “was the Chargers highest rated offensive lineman his first year with the team.” He thinks very highly of Slauson much like the other people in these quotes.


Scouting Report:

Strengths

  • Veteran presence and experience
  • High work ethic, great example for the younger lineman
  • Good pass blocker with a strong anchor to handle interior DTs
  • Explosive out of his stance with good play strength
  • Versatility as a center or a guard

Weaknesses

  • Recent injury history is concerning
  • Older lineman who could start declining
  • Run blocking overall could improve
  • Athleticism, particularly in space, isn’t great

Overall

Overall I think this is just another great depth/ locker room signing by Ballard. Injuries may have derailed a once very promising career for Slauson but he still brings a lot of value to this young team. I expect him to get a bulk of the starter reps early in the season while 2nd Rounder Braden Smith gets acclimated to the league. At the end of the day though, Slauson will at the very least provide excellent leadership to the young group of guys that the Colts have on their interior offensive line.