GREEN BAY – The Packers took their first defensive lineman in the 2021 NFL draft with the selection of Florida’s TJ Slaton in the fifth round on Saturday.
He is the first of Green Bay’s two fifth-round picks, overall as No. 173.
A big guy at 6-4, 330, Slaton saw the pitch for the Gators since his true rookie season in 2017 and became a full-time starter on defensive tackles last year, recording 37 tackles, 1½ sacks and five QB rushing.
Slaton played a total of 45 games for Florida, sending 98 tackles and 3½ career sacks. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., He was a U.S. Army all-American in high school.
He is the first domestic line of defense the Packers have drafted in the last two drafts.