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Rashawn Slater Signs Four-Year Deal With Chargers

The Chargers 2021 First Round draft pick has made it official.

The Los Angeles Chargers selected tackle Rashawn Slater in the First Round of the 2021 NFL Draft (13th overall).

On Tuesday morning, the ink was dry, and Slater made it official. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Slater has agreed on a four-year fully guaranteed deal with a fifth-year option. 

The former Wildcat received national praise and recognition during his time in Evanston. Slater was named to the Big Ten Conference All-Freshmen team in his first season with the team, which was then followed by third team All-Big Ten in 2018 and Big Ten honorable mention in 2019, after allowing zero sacks in 11 starts as a junior.

Slater was named named a preseason All-American, preseason All-Big Ten and tabbed to the Outland Trophy watchlist heading into 2020. However, Slater ultimately decided to opt out of his senior season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to solely focus on the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Los Angeles Chargers selected Slater with the 13th overall pick and will be trusting him in protecting their franchise quarterback's blindside this upcoming season. Justin Herbert was one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league last year (tied for the ninth most with 32), so the Chargers will be hoping Slater is the answer to their problems on the offensive line.

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