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NFL Draft profile: Curtis Samuel could turn into a steal

The former Buckeye standout should be making plays on the next level very soon.

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A threat to reach the endzone nearly every time the ball is in his hands, Curtis Samuel has the potential to make one NFL team real happy.

Seeing time at mostly H-Back during his career at Ohio State, his playmaking ability could be used at either wide receiver or running back in the National Football League.

Measurements

Height Weight Arm length Hands 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump 3-cone drill 20-yard shuttle
Height Weight Arm length Hands 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump 3-cone drill 20-yard shuttle
5'11 196 31 1/4" 9 1/2" 4.31 sec *37.0" 119.0" 7.09 sec 4.33 sec

*Denotes top performer among position group

Strengths

  • Samuel’s position might be up in the air, but one thing is for sure- the dude can move. Blessed with great speed, and quick feet, his explosiveness should keep defensive coordinators on their toes when he’s on the field.
  • Not considered the biggest athlete at under 6’0 and 200-pounds, Samuel is tough, and isn’t afraid of contact. He put up 18 reps on the bench press.
  • While he should get a chance to see time on offense, Samuel is a more than a reliable option on special teams in the return game.

Weaknesses

  • What’s his full time position?
  • Still new to wide receiver, Samuel will need to tighten up his route running to reach his full potential as a wide out.
  • Like his route running, he’ll also need to work on trusting his hands more instead of waiting on the ball and catching with his chest. Both are things that should come with more reps as a receiver full time.

Highlights

Stats

Year Games Attempts Rushing yards Average Touchdowns Receptions Yards Touchdowns
Year Games Attempts Rushing yards Average Touchdowns Receptions Yards Touchdowns
2014 14 58 383 6.6 6 11 95 0
2015 13 17 132 7.8 1 22 289 2
2016 13 97 771 7.9 8 74 865 7
Career 40 172 1,286 7.5 15 107 1,249 9

Projections

Per SB Nation’s Dan Kadar, Samuel is the fifth rated running back in the NFL Draft. A sort of lower risk, high reward type prospect, many analysts and mock drafts have the Brooklyn, NY native pegged to go in either the second or third round on Friday night.

Outlook

Samuel might not be penciled in as a hall of fame type talent just yet, but if put in the right spot, should help a team out in a matter of different ways.

Knowing this when drafting him, he won’t be pushed to be a star from day one and should get the opportunity to find himself and fully grasp what will be asked from him day in and day out as a professional athlete.

Running back or wide receiver, Samuel, who is only 20 years old, should have his best football ahead of him.