Dallas Cowboys: 2019 NFL Combine Saturday Standouts

IOWA CITY, IOWA- OCTOBER 20: Tight end Noah Fant #87 of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs up the field during the second half in front of defensive back Darnell Savage #4 of the Maryland Terrapins on October 20, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
IOWA CITY, IOWA- OCTOBER 20: Tight end Noah Fant #87 of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs up the field during the second half in front of defensive back Darnell Savage #4 of the Maryland Terrapins on October 20, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images) /
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OXFORD, MS – OCTOBER 20: Wide receiver Darius Slayton #81 of the Auburn Tigers catches a pass in front of defensive back Ken Webster #5 of the Mississippi Rebels during the first quarter at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
OXFORD, MS – OCTOBER 20: Wide receiver Darius Slayton #81 of the Auburn Tigers catches a pass in front of defensive back Ken Webster #5 of the Mississippi Rebels during the first quarter at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images) /

Darius Slayton, Auburn, Wide Receiver

Here’s a sleeper prospect that could make some noise down the stretch. Here were his numbers:

40 Yard Dash: 4.39 seconds

Vertical Jump: 40.5 inches

Broad Jump: 11’4″ 

3 Cone Drill: 7.0 seconds

20 yard shuttle: 4.15 seconds

Might I add he also has 10 inch hands. Slayton’s production at Auburn was average. Per Sports Reference, he didn’t have 700 yards in any of his 3 years nor did he have more than 35 receptions and 5 touchdowns. He did average more than 19 yards per catch, and seeing his combine numbers, that might be linked to his speed and agility.

I’ll admit, I haven’t reviewed Slayton’s film. However, he clearly has the raw athleticism that can translate to legitimate production if handled correctly. He didn’t drop any passes, which has been an issue for speedy receivers in the past.

A team with solid talent development may take the chance on a receiver like Slayton earlier knowing that they can transform into something better than what scouts see from him now. In addition, he comes from the elementary Auburn offense. He’ll have to improve his route tree to find success at the next level, but his agility suggests that it will be easier for him to improve it.

In a draft with so many receivers, those who can stand out at events like the combine can find themselves with a bigger pay day after the process has ended. Hopefully, Slayton can find himself amongst the lucky few who get drafted higher.