(CBS Chicago/CBS LA) — Offensive lineman Rashawn Slater on Thursday night became the first Northwestern Wildcats to go in the top 15 picks of the NFL Draft in nearly four decades, as he was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers.
Slater went to the Chargers at No. 13 overall. The last time a Wildcat went in the top 15 was when the Denver Broncos selected Chris Hinton at No. 4 overall in 1983.READ MORE: Elmhurst University Student Charged With Making Up Story About Man With Gun That Sent Campus Into Lockdown For Hours
Slater was a three-year starter for the Wildcats along the offensive line playing both left and right tackle. He opted out of playing in the 2020 season due to COVID concerns.READ MORE: City Panel Backs $97 Million Sale Of Vacant Michael Reese Hospital Site For Massive 'Bronzeville Lakefront' Development
Meanwhile Thursday night, cornerback Greg Newsome II went to the Cleveland Browns at No. 26. It is awesome stuff for the former Glenbard North three-sport standout.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Update: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
This is also the first time the Wildcats have ever had two first-round picks in the same year.