Asante Samuel Jr 2021 NFL Draft Profile
Asante Samuel Jr is one of the most talented cornerback prospects heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. The cornerback class this year is loaded but sleeping on Samuel would be a big mistake. How does the Florida State corner compare to the rest of the class? Let’s check out the Asante Samuel Jr 2021 NFL Draft profile.
Samuel Jr was a four star recruit from out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Samuel Jr was the 12th overall prospect in the entire state of Florida. Of course, he’s also the son of former NFL great Asante Samuel who was a multi time Pro Bowl selection.
The biggest knock on Samuel is his size. A concern I frankly don’t care about. Samuel’s dad wasn’t big either. The father and son are virtually the same size. Samuel checks in at 5-foot-10, 180 so it’s not like the guy is a midget.
What you love about Samuel is his first step quickness. He’s going to mirror anyone at the NFL level. Samuel ran a 4.45 at his pro day but his 10-yard split (1.50) ranks in the 91st at the position. The closing speed and knee bend always stands out with the former Seminoles cornerback.
His 2020 stats are terrific too. In eight games, Samuel notched five pass breakups and three interceptions. In coverage, Samuel allowed a passer rating of just 46.2 when targeted and surrendered a total of 179 yards. Pretty damn good. In 2019, he led the ACC with 14 pass breakups.
I see Samuel Jr as a clone of his father. Maybe not super elite speed but an elite cover guy who’s ridiculously quick in short areas. The Florida State cornerback is ranked very much inside my top 10 cornerbacks heading into the draft. Someone will likely end up with a steal here who will drop in the draft because of the depth at the position.
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