Asante Samuel Jr. is someone no one is talking about. His dad, Asante Samuel, played 10 years in the NFL and was one of the top corners of his decade. With two Super Bowl rings and four pro bowls, his career was far from a failure. His son hopes he can follow his dad’s footsteps at the next level, and he has all the tools to do that.
Samuel Jr. was a three year starter at Florida State University. He’s coming off of a successful 2020 season where he was honored as a first-team All-ACC selection. He had three interceptions this season and two fumble recoveries. He’s only the third Seminole to do that since the year 2000. Samuel Jr. is very physical and stellar in coverage and his ability to tackle in the open field is unmatched. Turn on the tape and you’ll see what I mean, his tackling form is near perfect. Samuel Jr. is very quick out of his brakes and can run stride for stride with any receiver on the field. He hardly let guys get past him, and if they did he often knocked the ball out their hands before they could come down with the catch. Samuel Jr. is somewhat underside at 5’10”, but I don’t think it will be an issue because of how physical he plays. He still has to improve his skill set to succeed at the next level, although I think he’s one of the most complete corners in this class.
I love prospects who have football in their blood. He was born into the sport with his dad starting him at a young age. This showed up in his game; he has phenomenal instincts and a high football I.Q. His dad was drafted in the fourth round, but I don’t think Samuel Jr. makes it past the second. Falling to a team like the Broncos in the second round could be an excellent fit for Vic Fangio’s scheme. Samuel isn’t getting lots of attention with guys like Patrick Surtain and Caleb Farley getting lots of hype. Although don’t let that make you think otherwise about the corner from Florida State. Whatever team lands him will be in good hands with this prospect.