Curtis Samuel-RB/WR-Ohio State
Size: 5’11 197lbs

Note: He will produce as a running back and receiver at the next level, as he did while garnering Associated Press All-American honors as an all-purpose threat. The first-team All-Big Ten pick rushed for 771 yards and eight touchdowns (97 carries, 8.0 yards per carry) and caught 74 passes for 865 yards and seven scores; he led the conference with 128.8 all-purpose yards a game and led Ohio State with 15 total touchdowns on the year. Samuel contributed in his first two years, as well. He played in every game of the team’s national championship run in 2014 (11-95 receiving, 58-383, six TDs rushing; 12-246 kick returns). He started one game that year, and another in 2015, when he again rushed (17-132, TD), caught (22-289, two TDs) and returned (9-207) for the Buckeyes.

Curtis Samuel

Strengths:

  • Agile
  • Explosive to all levels of the field
  • Nightmare in open space
  • Versatility
  • Returner

Analysis: As mentioned above, Curtis Samuel can line up all over the football field. Depending on who you talk to, Samuel is a RB or WR or something in between. He has crisp feet for sudden change of direction. Long-strider with deep speed to challenge press coverage over the top.  Has explosiveness both vertically and out of his breaks to uncover on all three levels. Can ramp it back up to top gear quickly after tapping his brakes in space. At his best when matched up in open space. Gets faster and more dangerous as the play unfolds. Has two years of kick-return experience. He is a moveable matchup piece.

Weaknesses:

  • Hip tightness
  • Tends to ‘body-catch’
  • Doesn’t have ‘set’ position
  • Blocking

Analysis: Watching Samuel’s tape, I found it difficult at times to see just how he would translate to the NFL game–but that’s not my job its the head coaches.  He has unnatural hands that fight the throw and will default to body catches. Didn’t have as many “pro-style” touches as teams would like. Averaged just 5.5 yards at the catch point, and several carries came on jet sweeps and stretch plays from shotgun. At Ohio State he wasn’t asked to block in any form, so the jury is still out. The way I would describe Samuel….Jack-of-all trades but master of none.

NFL Comparison: Tyreek Hill

Draft Projection: Round 3

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