Jaylen Samuels Draft Profile

Jaylen Samuels draft profile

Strengths:

  • Provides roster flexibility thanks to his unique versatility
  • True “all-purpose” player
  • Used as zone-scheme runner, on jet sweeps, bubble screens, at slot receiver, outside receiver, and in “Wildcat” this season
  • Proved he could handle some running back duties this season
  • Can make first tackler miss in space
  • Has intelligence to process expansive, individual game plan and take it to the field
  • Can separate from linebackers looking to cover him from slot
  • Able to drop low and snare low throws
  • Has carried more weight in the past and has the frame to do that again if necessary
  • Special teams talent on top of everything else

Analysis: Some NFL scouts will have a tough time finding a spot for Jaylen Samuels, as he’s not a typical fullback, is shorter than teams like their tight ends to be, and is heavier than most receivers. NC State coaches call him an H-back, but he’s really just an offensive weapon. He will, however, appeal to teams looking to disguise their attacks with more diversified personnel groupings. Samuels best fit may be with a zone-scheme team as a RB/FB with the ability to play slot receiver and become a core special teamer.

Weaknesses:

  • Considered a hybrid player, but lacks a defined position
  • Play speed and short area quickness are average
  • Tape doesn’t show enough tenacity to help running game as an H-back/fullback
  • Tight hips prevent sharp cuts as running back or receiver
  • Routes lack purpose and route-running is raw
  • Piled on catch production with bubble screens, shovel passes, and hitch routes
  • Has too many drops and double-catches as a receiver

Analysis: Jaylen Samuels can play multiple positions, but can he play them all in the NFL? That is one of the biggest questions scouts have on Samuels. If a team employs him as a tight end he lacks the route running necessary to create separation and he has dealt with his fair share of focus drops throughout his career. His agility is below average and he will not make many defenders miss in the pros. Play speed is average. Needs to add a mean streak to his game when tasked as a blocker.

What the scouts say: “Here is the problem I’m having in writing my report. Does he have any special talent or is he just a player who is used in a variety of roles? Is he really, really good at any of his roles or just versatile? That can be the difference between going in the third round or the fifth round.” — NFC team area scout

Size: 6’5 225lbs

Draft Grade: 4th round

NFL Comparison: Larry Centers

Draft Projection: Round 3-5

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