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Northwestern tackle Rashawn Slater, right, holds a team jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the San Diego Chargers selected him with the 13th pick in the NFL football draft Thursday April 29, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Northwestern tackle Rashawn Slater greets fans after he was chosen by the San Diego Chargers with the 13th pick in the NFL football draft Thursday April 29, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Northwestern tackle Rashawn Slater, right, greets NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was chosen with the 13th pick by the San Diego Chargers in the NFL football draft Thursday April 29, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
File-This Oct. 18, 2019, file photo shows Ohio State defensive end, Chase Young, left, engaging Northwestern offensive lineman Rashawn Slater during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill. Caleb Farley of Virginia Tech was the first top prospect to make the decision that has added a whole new layer of uncertainty to the annual crapshoot that is the NFL draft. Farley had plenty of players follow his lead, including several others set to be high draft picks next week like LSU receiver Chase, Oregon tackle Penei Sewell, Northwestern tackle Slater, and Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
FILE - Northwestern offensive lineman Rashawn Slater participates in the school's Pro Day football workout for NFL scouts in Evanston, Ill., in this Tuesday, March 9, 2021, file photo. Slater is as possible first round pick in the NFL Draft, April 29-May 1, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
COSTA MESA, Calif. — Rashawn Slater already looks like a good fit for the Los Angeles Chargers. Not only does he fill a need for a starting offensive left tackle, but he showed up for Thursday’s first round of the NFL draft in Cleveland wearing a powder blue suit.
Powder blue is not only Slater’s favorite color but it is also happens to be the primary color for the Chargers.
“I felt pretty good about them. I hadn’t talked to the Chargers on Zoom, at least not the coaches, so I was a little bit surprised from that standpoint,” said Slater, who was taken with the 13th overall pick. “At the same time, I saw the mock drafts. I try not to pay attention to them, but I knew it could be a possibility.”
Slater comes from an athletic family. his father, Reggie, was a star basketball player for the University of Wyoming in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s and spent eight seasons in the NBA playing for the Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves.
“The baton has been passed!” Reggie tweeted Thursday. “Im so proud of Rashawn!”