Tedarrell Slaton was a standout offensive lineman for American Heritage who dabbled in defense.
Now, the former Patriot is headed to the NFL as a defensive lineman. The Green Bay Packers selected Slaton with the 173rd pick, in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, giving American Heritage an astounding five selections in the 2021 NFL draft.
Slaton, a 6-foot-4, 330-pound interior defensive lineman, made a name for himself in high school as an offensive lineman. He was a U.S. Army All-American and earned first-team All-County honors at the position. He was rated a four-star prospect at offensive line in 247Sports’ composite rankings.
However, Slaton wanted to play defense in college, and he narrowed his college choices down to the teams that offered him a chance to play on the defensive line.
“He can do either one,” American Heritage defensive coordinator Chad Wilson said in 2017.
Florida offered Slaton that opportunity, and he took it, signing with the Gators alongside teammates James Houston and a fellow 2021 draftee, cornerback Marco Wilson.
Slaton played in 45 games over four seasons with the Gators. He had 98 tackles and 3.5 sacks. In his senior season, he had 37 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.