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Slay's road to Mississippi State was a little longer than expected - he failed to qualify academically and spent two years at Itawamba Community College, also in Mississippi. However, he became a Bulldog as a junior and contributed little as a part-time player before starting as a senior. He played on the opposite side of Johnthan Banks, his more highly touted teammate, but took advantage of teams shying away from Banks, finishing with 40 tackles, five interceptions, six pass deflections and one fumble recovery. Banks has a good build, is a smooth athlete and improved his stock at the combine - he stood out in the 40-yard dash, clocking in at 4.36 seconds. Slay does a good job of reading quarterbacks' eyes and making quick jumps on passes. He's not afraid to battle for a ball in the air. After an interception, he shows off his experience from returning kicks in community college and has the ability to eluding would-be tacklers and make big plays, as evidenced by his 101 return yards on his interceptions in 2012. Teams could be worried that he only started one year at a major school, and he can also be weak in run support having a difficult time getting off blocks at times. He's not the most fundamentally sound tackler and could benefit by being more physical. Still, Slay likely won't go any later than the second round.