Slater opted out of the 2020 season due to the pandemic. He is on the rise on draft boards because of his versatility. He is a scheme friendly player and with ability to play on the interior if necessary. Slater's ability to hold Chase young in check in 2019 is one reason he is being reassessed as a potential first-round pick.
Other Considerations If Available:
Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley or South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn or Northwestern OT Rashawn Slater or Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw or Alabama OT Alex Leatherwood
The Chargers need help on their offensive line to protect Justin Herbert, who was under a high rate of pressure while throwing in 2020. The Chargers might try to re-sign C Dan Feeney, LG Forrest Lamp, and LT Sam Tevi, but even if they sign everyone set to depart from their 2020 OL, they still need to improve the talent level upfront. The Chargers also need help on their defensive front and need a coverage LB. In January, our original mock draft had the Chargers taking Alabama OT Alex Leatherwood, who is currently the top available OL in our current mock draft. But after further analysis, the Chargers might be in the market to pick up a few top OL in free agency based on their projected available salary cap in 2021. If they go the route of free agency to sure up their OL, while re-signing a few guys from 2020, they could go with a LB. If they take a LB in this spot, the best available from a coverage and versatility standpoint would be Notre Dame OLB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. If Northwestern OT Rashawn Slater or Va Teck OT Christian Darrisaw fall to the Chargers, they are more likely to go with a tackle.