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Curtis Samuel | Running Back

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 196

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Panthers selected Ohio State WR/RB Curtis Samuel with the No. 40 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.
Samuel (5’11/196) was an explosive manufactured-touch player at Ohio State, posting a career rushing line of 172/1,286/15 (7.5 YPC) with 107-1,249-9 (11.7 YPR) receiving. His natural comparison is Percy Harvin, who was utilized similarly by now-OSU coach Urban Meyer at Florida. PFF College charted Samuel with 425 snaps at slot receiver and 220 snaps at tailback as 2016 junior before Samuel declared for the pros. Although the entirety of Samuel’s Combine workout was only above average, his straight-line speed was confirmed with a blistering 4.31 forty. Offering special versatility and long speed and not yet of legal drinking age, Samuel is one of this year’s most intriguing draft prospects. The panthers are certainly defining "evolve" in this draft. Fri, Apr 28, 2017 07:57:00 PM

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A college scouting director said that Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel could be used in a similar capacity to Percy Harvin at the next level.

Harvin is an easy comp for Samuel given their shared position versatility. Said the scouting director, "He’d be a receiver for us, I think, but like you saw with Harvin … I think they’re similar in some ways. You can use him on jet sweeps and different things off motion, like they used to do with Brian Westbrook years back. I like him." A more troublesome comparison which has cropped up several times is that of Jalin Marshall (who went undrafted in 2016), with one AFC regional scout saying that Samuel is "not a running back and his routes and hands really aren't that good." The Ohio State Swiss Army Knife is a probable Day 2 selection, which would have him going off the board on Friday.
Tue, Apr 25, 2017 08:03:00 PM

The Panthers brought in RB/WR Curtis Samuel for a top 30 visit.

Let's discuss why this makes sense. Samuel is a runner and receiver type, who was used as a ball carrier and slot receiver at Ohio State with the goal of creating mismatches. That might sound somewhat similar to Christian McCaffrey, who the Panthers have been linked to at No. 8. If the Panthers pass on McCaffrey, they could target Samuel in order to fill a similar role. The Panthers have two second round picks, No. 40 and 64.
Tue, Apr 18, 2017 09:33:00 AM

An AFC regional scout ominously brought up Jalin Marshall when asked about Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel.

"It's kind of like with Jalin Marshall last year," he said. "How do you use him? He's not a running back and his routes and hands really aren't that good. Marshall went undrafted. Samuel is a better athlete, but they are about the same size and give you the same concerns with how to use them." Samuel is more athlete than football player, and his touches will need to be manufactured to get him into space. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein wrote that he wasn't much of a Samuel fan. "[Manufactured touch] players aren't often coveted in the first round," he wrote. "I could see Samuel going in the second round, but I also think it's imperative that he is paired with the right play-caller who has a good plan for how to use him."
Fri, Apr 14, 2017 02:59:00 PM

CBS Sports Dane Brugler reports Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel will visit the Cowboys.

As of now, the only two visit from offensive prospects are Samuel and JuJu Smith-Schuster. The projections on Samuel are split. Something think he needs to focus on the slot, others are running back, and others think he should switch between the two. Expect him to come off the board on the second day.
Source: Rotoworld
Thu, Apr 6, 2017 12:34:00 PM

The Eagles will put Ohio State WR/RB Curtis Samuel through a private workout on Aprill 11, according to beat writer Jeff McLane.

Samuel's future is viewed in two different lights. Some see him as a running back, as he is most comfortable with the ball in his hands. Other think he is a slot receiver and might project similarly to Randall Cobb. The Eagle could add a slot receiver with Jordan Matthews on his contract year.
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 09:33:00 AM

Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel visited the Buccaneers recently and is visiting the Vikings on Tuesday.

A versatile offensive weapon without a clean positional fit, Samuel has been comped to everyone from Darren Sproles to Jalin Marshall to Percy Harvin to Randall Cobb. Heck, Clemson HC Dabo Swinney compared him to Sammy Watkins. Samuel has avid fans, and he has just-as-avid critics. For a team that sees him as a fit, they'll want to pull the trigger on Day 2, probably by the middle of Round 2. He makes sense on the Vikings, a team that wants to draft another runner but that also needs another playmaker at receiver.
Tue, Apr 4, 2017 02:57:00 PM

An East regional scout for an AFC team said that Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel is "not a running back and his routes and hands really aren't that good."

The scout in question compared Samuel to Jets WR (and former Buckeye) Jalin Marshall, who initially went undrafted in 2016. New York subsequently inked him to a contract. "Samuel is a better athlete [than Marshall] but they are about the same size and give you the same concerns with how to use them," the scout said. We feel this is a bit harsh. Other scouts have comped Samuel more generously to the likes of Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb. And while Marshall went undrafted about a year ago this time, Samuel should be solidly in the Day 2 mix when the time comes to get this party started.
Sun, Apr 2, 2017 03:20:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Ohio State sources think RB/WR Curtis Samuel will be a Darren Sproles-type player in the NFL.

In other words, a multi-dimensional weapon that can line up in the backfield, shift into the slot when needed and be a dynamite return specialist. At his pro day event earlier this week, Samuel "looked outstanding in position drills," per Pauline. He went through receiver and running back drills and also fielded punts. Samuel, who turned in a 4.31s forty at the NFL Combine, is a Day 2 prospect.
Fri, Mar 24, 2017 02:11:00 PM

Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel received Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb comparisons from NFL scouts.

"Unique player," one said. "Physically tough. Playmaking ability." Samuel worked out with receivers at the NFL Combine, but spent most of his time in the backfield at Ohio State. One of his best traits is exiting the huddle in 11 personnel (one tight end, one running back) and motioning out to empty, producing favorable matchups. Samuel tested in the 64th percentile and will be just 21 years old in the NFL. He will be a second day selection.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 09:33:00 AM

Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel had meetings with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The versatile wideout is fresh off turning in a 40-yard dash of 4.31 seconds. He could potentially work his way into the first round, but if not, Samuels figures to be off the board relatively early on Day 2. Both the Chiefs and Bucs hold picks in the back half of the first round.
Sat, Mar 4, 2017 02:28:00 PM

Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel logged an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.31 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday.

It has been a fun day for the wide receivers in Indianapolis, who have put up some eye-popping runs. Samuels' unofficial run of 4.31 seconds is noticeably faster than what scouts were expecting, as NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah wrote earlier this week that scouts had been told to expect a 40 sprint in the high 4.3's or low 4.4's.
Sat, Mar 4, 2017 12:52:00 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah passes along that Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel is expected to ace his tests at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Per Jeremiah, "Scouts have been told to expect him to run the 40 in the high 4.3s or low 4.4s, post a vertical close to 40 inches and broad jump at least 10 feet, 6 inches." The analyst writes that Samuel may be the most explosive player to come out of Ohio State in the past two years -- which is saying something. In late January, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline was hearing from those at East-West Shrine Game practices that Samuel could potentially see interest on Day 1 of the draft, though a Day 2 selection may be a touch more realistic.
Tue, Feb 28, 2017 03:59:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that there is a belief among those at the Shrine Game that Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel could crack Round 1.

"Samuel’s versatility as a ball carrier and pass catcher coupled with his speed and big play ability has NFL decision makers intrigued," he wrote. Draft Analyst currently grades Samuel as a Rds. 2-3 prospect. We're big fans of Samuel, who, while lacking a defined position, creates yards other players can't wherever he's lined up.
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 12:41:00 PM

Ohio State junior RB/WR Curtis Samuel is joining the 2017 NFL Draft.

We absolutely love Samuel's game. He has shown playmaking skills as both a runner and a receiver, creating yards other skill position players can't. He was Ohio State's offense for a good portion of the season. He is the type of player that those outside of the NFL crave for, but at times some teams struggle with these types who lack a clear position. Is he Dexter McCluster or C.J. Prosise, or something else? Teams might even debate Samuel versus Christian McCaffrey.
Mon, Jan 9, 2017 10:38:00 AM