The Scoop on Slaton

Steve Slaton (Getty Images)

The Houston Texans have reportedly come to terms with third-round pick Steve Slaton, terms were not disclosed. Our scouts give us the inside scoop on this rookie.

Running back Steve Slaton, who the Texans selected with the 89th overall pick in April's draft, was a highly productive runner while at the University of West Virginia in Coach Rich Rodriguez's spread offense. The 5'9", 197 lb. Slaton amassed over 1000 yards in each of his three collegiate seasons, ranking third on the school's all-time list with 3923 career rushing yards.

Scout.com's Tom Marino, a former NFL Scout who has more than 35 years experience in football had this to say about Slaton–

A patient runner with subtle moves, who showed the ability to read blocks and react (very good feel). Quicker then fast, although has the speed to get the corner. Liked his ability to see the backside cutback. Confident catcher who can adjust catch the ball down the field. Not as elusive as expected (more of a one cut and go guy, but judges distances well). Production has declined over the last three seasons which is a concern, but is a steady dependable back. Rd # 3.


Slaton will one of many backs that will have to battle for carries in head coach Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking system. The good news for Slaton is that he will have to compete with the very talented, yet injury-prone Ahman Green and Chris Brown, as well as Chris Taylor and Darius Walker.

"Well, I tell you what, there's a big battle going on there," said right tackle Eric Winston. "You can really tell that all those guys really want to play and they all have really good skill. And that's good, because you want a lot of guys at that position because you never know what can happen. Sometimes, you have four there and everyone stays healthy and a guy doesn't get to play. Then, when you're a little thin there, then all of a sudden a rash of injuries hit. So you've always got to be prepared, because in our system it's such a vital point to have a guy that can really go at that part, and with Ahman (Green) looking healthy, Chris Brown coming in and (being) just real familiar with the zone scheme, and you've got Steve Slaton just carrying on what he's done from West Virginia. So I think we've got three different kinds of backs but, at the same time, three very exciting backs."

With Steve Slaton's 4.3 speed, the Texans hope that he will give them that home-run hitter in the backfield that they've been missing for the last few seasons.

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