After a uniquely impressive junior year, Ohio State H-back Curtis Samuel will declare for the 2017 NFL Draft, per Bucknuts.
Samuel then confirmed the news on Twitter.
Samuel is coming off a season that included 1,636 yards of total offense. He proved he can do it all, splitting those yards almost evening between rushing and receiving. On the ground, he rushed for 771 yards on 97 attempts for 8 touchdowns; on the receiving end, Samuel snagged 74 receptions for 865 yards and 7 touchdowns.
One scouting profile describes Samuel’s physicality.
“At 5-11, 200 pounds, Samuel is uniquely built for a running back and that is possibly due to his duel role as a prolific pass catcher. His quickness and ability to gain yards with the ball in his hands translates well from ball carrier to receiver. Samuel's role in the NFL may be unclear, but I think having a versatile weapon who can contribute in all facets of the running back position at a high level is a pretty clear cut good player.”
Samuel paid his dues behind talents like Ezekiel Elliott, but made his junior campaign a breakout season. Samuel was one of the few offensive bright spots in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson, with the H-back claiming 110 of the team’s 215 total offensive yards.
With a disappointing end to his career as a Buckeye, Samuel will now focus on preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine on his path to the draft. We wish him the best of luck!