STRENGTHS - Slaughter is a very good athlete with the speed needed to run with TEs and slot receivers in man coverage. He stays low in his pedal and is fluid transitioning on his flip, allowing him to consistently maintain proper positioning when in man coverage. When playing zone coverage in the box he is physical with receivers through his area and does a good job of reading the QB and maintaining discipline with his assignment. Despite having just average size, he is a very effective player against the run when lined up in the box. He is aggressive and physical with blockers, allowing him to consistently shed in time to get involved in run support. He takes good angles of pursuit to the boundary and displays the ability to consistently break down in space and finish.
WEAKNESSES - Slaughter played only three games during his senior year as an Achilles injury ended his season early and has kept him from participating in all-star games and the combine drills. He has a thin frame and will need to add bulk to play safety at the next level. While he possesses good top end speed, he is not an innately explosive player when trying to break and close from off the ball. He needs to improve his ball skills, as he will at times struggle locating the ball in the air in time to break up passes.
SUMMARY - Jamoris Slaughter has slipped through this draft season relatively unnoticed by the media because of the Achilles injury that cut his senior season short, but his play as a junior at Notre Dame is clearly on par or better than that of many of the 2nd tier prospects at the position this year. He is a smooth, fluid athlete that stays disciplined in his assignments and his techniques, allowing him to be extremely effective in all types of coverage. He possesses the speed to cover most slot receivers in man to man, and the physicality to take on flex TEs. Slaughter is also impressive against the run, as he is aggressive with blockers and consistently breaks down to finish tackles in space. He will need to add another 10-15 lbs of bulk to his frame but if he can recover from his current injury and maintain his health long term, Slaughter has the skill set to develop into a starter.