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Syracuse DT Chris Slayton drafted at No. 245

With the 245th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Syracuse defensive tackle Chris Slayton. Here are five things to know about the new Giant:

1. A three-year starter, Slayton played in 49 career games (42 starts), tallying 107 tackles (66 solo) with 32.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three pass break-ups, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. He ended his career ninth all-time at Syracuse in tackles for loss.

2. Slayton earned All-ACC and All-ECAC Honorable Mention accolades as a senior in 2018, when he was the team's defensive captain. He was the winner of Syracuse's Ben Schwartzwalder Award as the team's exemplary football player.

3. scouting report: Well-built with broad chest, thick arms and good lean muscle mass. Movement is natural and athletic. Ankle flexion promotes 2-gap potential. Above-average reactive quickness to blocker's first step. Has initial quickness to beat his blocker to the spot. Shorter legs create sturdier base. Engages with proper pad level. Shows some ability to the creases of a double time and pry it open. Can dent the pocket as a bull-rusher.

4. Measurables: Height – 6-4; Weight – 307 lbs.; Arms – 33 ½"; Hands – 10 5/8"; Bench press – 28 reps; 40-yard dash – 5.13 sec.; Vertical jump – 29"; Broad jump – 101"; 20-yard shuttle – 4.73 sec.

5. After leading Crete Monee (Ill.) High School to the 2013 IHSA 6A state title, Slayton redshirted in 2014 and then picked up Freshman All-American honorable mention honors in 2015. As a sophomore in 2016, he started all 12 games, including the first three at defensive end, before moving inside to his more natural position of tackle. He led the Syracuse defensive line with 33 tackles (18 solo), four sacks, and 10 tackles for loss.

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