Former standout Ohio State H-back Curtis Samuel was drafted at No. 40 overall in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.
How did Samuel do at the combine?
Weighing in at 5’11, 196 lbs, Samuel tested very well at the combine. First, he came off stronger than most receivers with 18 reps on the bench, before cracking 37 inches on the vertical jump.
Samuel then put on a show in the running portion, where he blazed a faster than expected 4.31 second 40-yard dash. The former Buckeye finished up his combine with positional average times in both the three-cone (7.09 sec) and the shuttle (4.33 sec). After performing admirably in the wide receiver field drills, Samuel set himself up about as well as possible for draft day.
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How good was Samuel in college?
During his time at Ohio State, Samuel was the ultimate playmaker for Urban Meyer. The Brooklyn native began his career as a true freshman running back behind Ezekiel Elliott, where he averaged 6.6 yards per carry on Ohio State’s national championship squad.
As a sophomore, he was moved to a hybrid RB/WR role on a loaded roster, where he was unable to steal carries from the workhorse that was Elliott, or see much time with the barrage of future NFL talent that was on the perimeter.
With Braxton Miller out of the picture, Samuel was able to settle in at H-back, aka the “Percy Harvin position” in Meyer’s offense. In that ultimate playmaking role, Samuel racked up 771 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground, while compiling 865 yards and seven touchdowns on a team-leading 74 receptions. As one can see, the kid from Brooklyn was the ultimate Swiss-Army Knife for the Buckeyes.