Darius Slayton, Giants WR
Information for this report was obtained from NFL scouts.
Darius Slayton, 6-foot-1 and 194 pounds, is a rookie the Giants drafted in the fifth round from Auburn. He leads the team with five touchdown catches and has 27 receptions for 394 yards (14.6 average).
Slayton ranks fourth on the team in catches, and the Giants wide receivers have not stepped up as needed for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, especially with tight end Evan Engram and running back Saquon Barkley missing time with injuries.
“I like his college film coming out of Auburn,” the scout said. “He’s a high-end speed guy (4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine), kind of a slight frame. Then the concern you have for him is the limited route tree he had coming out of Gus Malzahn’s offense.
“He wasn’t running a ton of pro-style routes in that offense, but he’s developed pretty quickly and he’s gotten more of an opportunity because of the injuries. Sterling Shepard has missed time — he’s seemingly always hurt — and Golden Tate was on suspension to start the year, so they haven’t had a steady rotation of guys. And because of that, Slayton has gotten an opportunity and he’s done pretty well. He can get on top of corners outside and he matched up OK against Stephen Gilmore when they played the Patriots.”