Slay signed with Mississippi State out of high, choosing the Bulldogs over Georgia, Oklahoma State and Kentucky but failed to qualify academically and wound up playing two seasons at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College, where he was voted an all-regional selection each year as both a cornerback and kick returner.
Slay played in all 13 games for the Bulldogs as a junior, recording 23 tackles, four passes break ups and an interception against Georgia, which he returned 72 yards for a touchdown. He earned the starting position opposite Banks as a senior and enjoyed a breakout campaign, intercepting five passes and recording 37 tackles on his way towards Second Team All-SEC accolades.
WEAKNESSES: Only has one year of starting experience at the BCS level and had plenty of opportunities to make plays starting opposite Banks, an established star. Is better in coverage than he is as a run defender. Struggles to get off of blocks and shows less than ideal aggression as a tackler, overall. Has a tendency to duck his head and swipe at ball-carriers' legs, resulting in missed tackles.
COMPARES TO: Tracy Porter, CB, Denver Broncos -- Don't judge Slay on his surname as he is far from a physical striker but the coverage skills are in place to warrant a middle round selection. With greater willingness to get his jersey dirty, Slay could develop into a starter.