- AProjectionRound 2
- YearRS Senior
- Arm31 ⅜
Strong Points: Productive and competitive. Strong hands and a fairly large receiving radius. Quick off the line and into his routes. Consistently separated in college. Competes (and wins) in traffic. Good runner after the catch -- more like a running back than a wide receiver with the ball in his hands. Quick burst. Willing blocker.
Weak Points: Thick build -- looks more like a running back than a wide receiver. Not overly fluid. Good (not great) speed. Not a skywalker -- when he has to go up and get it, his vertical appears limited. Hs route tree at South Carolina was limited. Missed most of the 2017 season with a broken leg. Appears to have short arms for a receiver.
The Way We See It: Samuel was South Carolina's go-to receiver, but he has some limitations, including a lack of fluidity and top speed. He is built like a running back and moves like one. He has good (not great) play speed, but he can cut quickly. His height is average, and though listed as being 6-0, he's more like 5-11 and has shorter arms. That, along with his thick build, causes some limitations. He can play outside some but is best suited for the slot. Return experience and rushing prowess boost Samuel's value. I see him as a fourth receiver on most teams to start out, with his upside being a No. 3. Probably a Day-2 selection.
Hub Arkush: Samuel is one of the more polarizing prospects in this draft -- depending on which scouts you're talking to. I've been told a range of No. 15 to 25 overall to the middle of the third round. When I turn on the tape, I see Sterling Sharpe, but I've often wondered what Sharpe would have been if Brett Favre hadn't shown up. Sharpe had two Pro Bowl seasons before Favre got to Green Bay, but he became special when No. 4 arrived. Samuel has an interesting wideout body at 5-11, 214 and enough speed to be dangerous, but he's more physical and tough than athletic and fluid, and for a man that big he wasn't overly productive at South Carolina. Some have him late in the first round; I have him later on Day 2.
Best Fit: Cardinals, 49ers, Lions, Broncos, Bills, Ravens, Colts
Red Flags: College route tree, average speed, built like a running back
NFL Comp: Keenan Allen, JuJu Smith-Schuster