Curtis SamuelRB Ohio ST

5-11, 196, (O) 4.31! 7.09 3-Cone, 4.33 SS! 9'11"Br, 37" Vert, 

18 Reps, 31 1/4" Arms 

Most Versatile Weapon In The Draft. 

By TOM

He is a small herky-jerky back who can sneak through the hole. Nice receiver out of the backfield on the swing passes. Catches the ball smoothly with natural hands while moving at full speed. He has the speed and elusiveness to get open deep from the slot. Great speed out of the backfield. He can turn the corner on the outside, and he is gone.

He is a tough guy to judge, because he really had two seasons last year. He was the starting RB for the first 3/4 of the season, and then he was their deep threat WR at the end of the season. He played in the slot a lot. He switched back and forth in and out of all three places constantly through games to confuse the defense. I like him most as an RB

However, as a slot WR in an NFL offense he can add an interesting dynamic with his 4.31 speed, and knack for getting wide open deep. He runs great patterns. He has a great burst out of breaks that gets him wide open. He looked uncoverable sometimes. His quicks and speed are too much for most defenders. He just runs by LB when they try to cover him. I get the switch to Slot-WR, as it will prolong his career and hopefully make him more money, but I love how he makes guys miss in the backfield.

2016 Season (Junior): First Team All-America by the Associated Press and The Sporting News ... Second Team selction by the FWAA and Fox Sports ... was a finalist for the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football award ... first team All-Big Ten conference receiver ... ranked second in the Big Ten in receptions (65), yards (822) and receiving touchdowns (7) ... has 704 rushing yards and 7 additional touchdowns and is the only player in the nation with at least 700 rushing and 700 receiving yards ... leads the Buckeys with 1,546 all-purpose yards, ranking first in the Big Ten with 128.8 ypg ... team-high 17 plays of 20 or more yards ... leads the team with 15 total TDs, eight rushing, seven receiving ... second in the Big Ten with 65 receptions.

There is no doubt that he has elite versatility. He is the most versatile RB in the Draft. "He’s Percy Harvin," a scout said. "Urban ran him from the tailback spot more than he ran Percy Harvin but that’s because the game has changed. Every time he touches the ball it’s a potential touchdown." He made big plays all the time.

Additional Note:

Clemson: He returns punts. He still seems to make the first guy miss coming out of the backfield running the ball. Elite one-cut explosion. Not the best hands. A lot of passes clang off his hands. Then he makes the great clutch catch. I don't think he is a pure WR. He is an RB, who can be an elite weapon in the passing game. Reminded me of Percy Harvin late in the season. Because when he gets the handoff, nobody makes the first defender, in the backfield and in space, miss with a quick cut better than Samuel. He is also great at weaving behind his blockers, and cutting off his blockers, which are traits you have to have to run in the NFL. He is stronger than he looks, and looks like he can add some weight. 

Nebraska: He can get open deep, and draw the flag when the ball is under thrown. He can adjustment to the ball in the air and stop, and leap back to get his hands on it. He can line up in the slot, and catch the pass, and then find a way to get a first, by making a guy miss. He can really get up high, and snag the high pass and pull it in. He took over the game late in the 2nd quarter in the passing game, against Nebraska. 

He lined up in the Slot and dragged over the middle for the TD, after he caught the big pass on 3rd and long to get them in the Redzone. Then he caught a ball that went over 40-yards in the air to start the 3rd quarter and really ended the game. He is such a unique and versatile talent. After he caught the bomb, he become an RB, broke a tackle and scored to seal the game. They also had to put him back on punt returns, when the young punt returner kept dropping the ball.

Wisconsin: He has such elite COD. He was heading into a crowd, and then boom, he was five yards sideways and five yards forward in a blink. I am completely sold. Elite short area explosion that he consistently makes more than one guy miss with. He will line up on the Seam and can go deep from there. He is one of those guys who glides, and is faster than he looks when you see other guys trying to catch him. He helped Barrett off the field, after he threw an INT in the endzone in the 3rd quarter against Wisconsin. I mean, were do you put Samuel and Clement? They both have to be Day Two RBs. They are both that good. I love how he will put his hand on the FB's back, as he follows him through the hole. Then does a great job cutting off his block. 

Indy: Nice quickness and feet moving outside to get in front of the DB. Gets low and extends his arms and can hold onto the block for a couple of seconds. Interesting blocker from the slot. There are so many great RBs in this Draft that it is scary. Like Elliot, he plays at a different speed. He will lined up in the slot, and block for the other RB. 

Combine: He will drop the ball on the 3rd level sometimes. Nice blocker. He can stick his helmet right into the defender. Nice hands. He had a drop in each gantlet. I like the way he runs patterns. He can catch the ball looking back over his shoulder. He can adjust to the ball in the air.  He can make the great adjustment to the ball in the air. I like him more as an RB. "He’s supposed to be this big-play speed guy but he doesn’t make any big plays," a scout said. "He’ll run fast but he’s just more of an athlete than a player right now." Great lateral quicks. Great burst outside. 

Proday: "WR Curtis Samuel (5-11, 196) stood on all of his combine numbers," Gil Brandt wrote. "He had what was described to me as a "lights-out" workout and was the "star of the day" among all the stars there. He worked out at running back, but the Bengals put him through wide receiver drills."

2016 Game By Game: He scored the game-winning TD in the second overtime to help Ohio State defeat Michigan and earn a spot in the 2016 CFP ... recorded four catches for 40 yards and a TD in the win at MSU ... caught five passes for 74 yards and a TD and rushed for 38 yards and two scores in the road win at Maryland ... caught eight passes for 137 yards and two TDs in the win over No. 10 Nebraska, including a 75-yarder ... also rushed for 41 yards to earn Big Ten co-offensive player of the week honors vs. the Huskers ... recorded eight receptions for 68 yards and added a career-long 74-yard TD run at Penn State, the longest rush by a Buckeye this season ... seven receptions for 68 yards and seven carries for 31 yards and a score vs. Northwestern ... rushed for 46 yards and caught a team-high six passes for 58 yards in the overtime win at Wisconsin ... rushed for 98 yards, including a 36-yard TD run on 4th-and-1 in the win at Oklahoma ... 82 yards on the ground and a score vs. Indiana ... had himself a day in the season opener vs. Bowling Green with 261 total yards and three TDs on 84 yards rushing and a career-high 177 yards through the air, including a 79-yard slant for a TD in the first quarter ... totaled three plays of 20+ yards ... had 140 all-purpose yards in the win over Tulsa.

Samuel Vs Rutgers:

He does a great job running a different speeds. He slowed here to allow his blockers to do their jobs (:01). They lined up all over the place, and had him do a lot of wacky things. But what he does best is make the first guy miss in the backfield (:08). Then they lined him up in the Slot (:19). Great block on the smaller LB for his teammate.

Back in the slot with another nice block on the edge. He is tougher than he looks (:29). He made the first guy miss, and showed his great speed in space (:36). Back in the slot. He curled over the middle (:47). Wildcat QB (:55). Watch the elite burst inside behind his blocker. Great suddenness in his shoulders.

He catches the pitch, and made the first guy mostly miss, and was crushed down by the second guy (1:05). Then he lined up as the Z (1:16). He helped his offense so much by lining up in the backfield or on the LOS, and then changing positions before the snap (1:25). He is the most versatile threat in this Draft. He made the first guy miss behind the block, and then watch him make the second guy miss with a quick little shimmy.

NFL teams see him as a slot WR who can bust open over the middle of the field going deep (1:35). He is too quick and fast to cover in pattern, but he is a bit of a body catcher (1:42). Motioned back into the backfield (1:57). He got the handoff, and followed his blockers and lowered his head for the 1st.

In the backfield. The pitch, and he almost made the first guy miss (2:05). He caught it with his hands smoothly there (2:12). He ran by the LB and was wide open (2:19). He ran a great pattern there, and leaped up and caught the high pass through contact (2:29). His hands are inconsistent, but he can make the big play and hold on. I think he took his eyes off the ball to look where to run sometimes, and that is why he dropped passes. Because he can catch it so smoothly sometimes.

Ran past the LB, and then cut in behind him. Then he braced for impact (2:39). He used a great quick burst outside to fake himself out. Then he recovered and caught the easy looking TD for another big play. His speed and quickness make him uncoverable sometimes. He torched the LB like he was a caveman (2:53). Took the pitch, and used his speed to make the LB on the second level miss (3:02). Inside slot guy. He used his speed to clear it out for his teammates. Then watch the great shimmy with his feet to burst open over the middle (3:11). One more step and he was gone. 

Samuel Vs Rutgers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7hZjlfM7iw

Samuel Vs Michigan:

I love how low he can get when he runs with the ball in his hands. Great make you miss quickness. He consistent makes the first guy miss. Consistently lined up in the slot when they went Empty. He seems to move at a different speed as everyone else on the field. He can catch the ball 20-yards down field like a WR. 

He is a terrific smooth runner, who is just as good catching the ball out of the backfield. In fact, he might be better as a 3rd down back. He has a nice hop through the whole. He runs scrunched over strangling the ball when he goes up the middle. He will line up in the slot and run patterns over the middle. He will line up outside and go deep. Nice speed outside. He has some herky jerky shoulders on the edge.

He always makes the 1st defender miss. Remarkable short area explosion. He is simply as shifty as them come. Smooth natural hands catcher. He flows so naturally outside as he catches the ball. Great natural hands as a receiver out of the backfield. Then he can weave behind his blockers nicely, with some speed. He snaps up field with some purpose. 

Great quick feet. He likes to follow his blockers, but has a nice knack for knowing when to abandon his blockers and cut back and lower his head. Great quick feet with the ball in his hands. Great acceleration after he gets hit to burst into the 2nd level. 

He played WR in the 2nd half against Michigan in the Champ Game. Terrific speed runner. Very shifty behind the line heading outside. Knows how to find a hole in the zone and sink in and wait. Elite laterally burst that make big linemen miss. Tough runner who always seemed to fall forward. He returned punts as well. 

Samuel Vs Michigan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_Lun312ct8

Samuel's Official Bio:

2016 Season (Junior): First Team All-America by the Associated Press and The Sporting News ... Second Team selction by the FWAA and Fox Sports ... was a finalist for the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football award ... first team All-Big Ten conference receiver ... ranked second in the Big Ten in receptions (65), yards (822) and receiving touchdowns (7) ... has 704 rushing yards and 7 additional touchdowns and is the only player in the nation with at least 700 rushing and 700 receiving yards ... leads the Buckeys with 1,546 all-purpose yards, ranking first in the Big Ten with 128.8 ypg ... team-high 17 plays of 20 or more yards ... leads the team with 15 total TDs, eight rushing, seven receiving ... second in the Big Ten with 65 receptions ... scored the game-winning TD in the second overtime to help Ohio State defeat Michigan and earn a spot in the 2016 CFP ... recorded four catches for 40 yards and a TD in the win at MSU ... caught five passes for 74 yards and a TD and rushed for 38 yards and two scores in the road win at Maryland ... caught eight passes for 137 yards and two TDs in the win over No. 10 Nebraska, including a 75-yarder ... also rushed for 41 yards to earn Big Ten co-offensive player of the week honors vs. the Huskers ... recorded eight receptions for 68 yards and added a career-long 74-yard TD run at Penn State, the longest rush by a Buckeye this season ... seven receptions for 68 yards and seven carries for 31 yards and a score vs. Northwestern ... rushed for 46 yards and caught a team-high six passes for 58 yards in the overtime win at Wisconsin ... rushed for 98 yards, including a 36-yard TD run on 4th-and-1 in the win at Oklahoma ... 82 yards on the ground and a score vs. Indiana ... had himself a day in the season opener vs. Bowling Green with 261 total yards and three TDs on 84 yards rushing and a career-high 177 yards through the air, including a 79-yard slant for a TD in the first quarter ... totaled three plays of 20+ yards ... had 140 all-purpose yards in the win over Tulsa.

2015 Season (Sophomore): Samuel played in all 13 games and rushed 17 times for 132 yards (7.8 ypc) and caught 22 passes for 289 yards (13.1 rcg) … moved to H-back during the spring season in order to get onto the playing field more than just as the backup running back to Ezekiel Elliott … had a career-long 40-yard touchdown run against Western Michigan and touchdown receptions of 24 yards vs. Virginia Tech and 30 yards vs. Rutgers … caught a career high seven passes for 53 yards in the win over Hawai’i.

2014 Season (Freshman): Samuel lettered as a true freshman after playing in 14 games for the College Football Playoff national champions ... he was Ezekiel Elliott's backup and finished as the team's third-leading rusher with 383 yards rushing, six touchdowns and a fine 6.6 yards-per-carry average ... his efforts earned him a start against Illinois and he gained 63 yards on nine carries plus scored on touchdown runs of 23 yards and 1 yard ... he raced to his first 100-yard game as a collegian with 100 yards off 15 carries against Kent ... also had four receptions for 40 yards and scored twice vs. Kent, on 3- and 1-yard runs ... a third multi-touchdown day came in the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin with TD runs covering 12 yards and 1 yard ... had 11 receptions on the season for 95 yards ... also contributed on special teams and was second on the team with 12 kickoff returns for a 20.5-yard average.

More on Curtis: Curtis Samuel was one of six from his recruiting class of 2014 to enroll into classes at Ohio State in January … he came to Ohio State a consensus four-star prospect by all four recruiting services and he was among the Top 100 players in the nation according to 247Sports (No. 46), Rivals (No. 49) and Scout (No. 60) … listed on the ESPN 300 (No. 153) … rated as the No. 9 receiver by Scout, No. 5 athlete by 247Sports and No. 8 receiver by Rivals … Samuel rushed for 1,461 yards, averaged 15.8 yards per rush and scored 17 touchdowns in 2013 and helped his 10-2 Dutchmen team, coached by Danny Landberg, to a second appearance in the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) city title game … named New York’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior … rushed for 446 yards and scored six touchdowns in 2013 city league playoffs … had an 80-yard kickoff return TD vs. John F. Kennedy and had a 75-yard TD run vs. Tottenville in the title game … invited to U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Samuel averaged 11.5 yards per carry as a junior while rushing for 1,047 yards and 13 touchdowns … he also had three receiving touchdowns and two punt return touchdowns as a junior while helping Erasmus to an undefeated season and a first-ever PSAL title … the New York Daily News named Samuel its city player of the year in 2012 … state runner-up in the 55-meter dash in spring 2013 … parents are Nicole Samuel, step-father Roy Armstead and father Curtis Council.

SAMUEL'S RECEIVING YARDS

YEAR G-GS REC YDS AVG. TD LG
2014 14-1 11 95 8.6 0 30
2015 13-1 22 289 13.1 2 40
Tot. 27-2 33 384 11.6 2 40

SAMUEL'S RUSHING YARDS

YEAR G-GS ATT YDS AVG. TD LG
2014 14-1 58 383 6.6 6 34
2015 13-1 17 132 7.8 1 40
Tot. 27-2 75 515 6.9 7 40

SAMUEL'S ALL-PURPOSE YARDS

YEAR G-GS RU REC RET TOT
2014 14-1 383 95 246 724
2015 13-1 132 289 207 628
Tot. 27-2 515 384 453 1352

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