Jacob Slade 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Named to Second-Team All-Big-Ten
- Three-year contributor
- Scheme tendencies: Scheme-versatile size
- 2022 projected role: Starting DT
Pros: Jacob Slade’s ability to make plays along the Michigan State defensive line is attributed to his high motor and effort. As a run defender, Slade does a good job of chasing down plays backside to make the tackle on ball carriers. Slade also does a good job of twists and stunts to get penetration into the backfield and be disruptive. In the passing game, Slade makes his impact in how he consistently works to get to the quarterback. Slade gives max effort on every play and will get to the quarterback by retracing his rush back to the quarterback. Slade is a tough, gritty player that embodies the Michigan State spirit and is a key piece of their defense.
Cons: As a defensive lineman, it appears that Jacob Slade needs to improve his strength at the point of attack on the line of scrimmage. Against the run, Slade struggles at times to set the line of scrimmage against double teams. In situations where he is doubled-teamed, Slade will try to spin out of the blocks and give up significant yardage. I also believe that Slade can improve his technique in these situations. Playing with better pad level could give him a better leverage opportunity to make a play. Overall, Slade is a good football player, but improving his strength is something that could significantly help his ability to play the run.
Jacob Slade NFL Draft Scouting Report by Keith Sanchez