Deebo Samuel NFL Draft Profile

The following is a Deebo Samuel NFL Draft Profile highlighting everything that you need to know about the South Carolina receiver. Listed below is his scouting report highlighting strengths and weaknesses while looking at his NFL player comparison and his projection

Deebo Samuel NFL Draft Profile

Height: 5’11” Weight: 216lbs School: South Carolina

Strengths

Straight up beast after the catch and in the return game. Has explosive foot speed to make sudden moves in space and the strength to run through lateral contact and arm tackles. Type of player you want to give schemed touches to on jet sweeps and screens. Clean route runner with nice burst out of his breaks. Causes hesitation at the break point with jab steps and head fakes. Lightning quick feet to create early separation. Forces defenders to commit their hips and takes advantage, excellent feel for slants and underneath routes. Quick feet and play strength allow him to beat press and win at the LOS. Uses his hands well to slip physical coverage and get into his stem. Initial burst out of release is impressive and creates separation and leverage through the stem. Doesn’t have elite length, but gets above the rim and competes at the catch point. Strong hands and thick upper body allows him to snag the ball through contact. Flashes consistency in technique catching the football and comfortably plucks the ball away from his frame with plus grip strength.

Weaknesses

Not a burner and may not have the juice to consistently beat defenders vertically in the NFL. Lacks the explosive top speed to shake defenders who are riding his hip pocket. Can be late to react to the ball and adjust hand position, missing on some make able catches. Consistency finding space in zones could improve. Limited length inhibits catch radius. Needs to land more consistently with his punch as a blocker. Desire to get involved as a blocker comes and goes. Lengthy injury history is a serious concern.

Summary

Deebo is an explosive playmaker with the ball in his hands and his only real limitations are is his length and good, not great top end speed. Few receivers in this class are as consistent as Deebo in their route running and ability to make a play after the catch. I would expect Deebo to be an instant starter in the NFL. I presently have Deebo ranked as my WR3 and gave him a 1st round grade.

Projection

Samuel has the look of a dynamic chess piece for an NFL offense. Get the ball in his hands and he will create yardage out of nothing. Whilst he may not be a true number 1 option, he has the upside of a highly productive starting receiver. My pro comparison for him is Golden Tate. Both are high level route runners with playmaking ability after the catch.

Grade: Late 1st Round Prospect

Player Comparison: Golden Tate

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DEEBO SAMUEL SCOUTING REPORT: . Strengths – Straight up beast after the catch and in the return game. Has explosive foot speed to make sudden moves in space and the strength to run through lateral contact and arm tackles. Type of player you want to give schemed touches to on jet sweeps and screens. Clean route runner with nice burst out of his breaks. Causes hesitation at the break point with jab steps and head fakes. Forces defenders to commit their hips and takes advantage, excellent feel for slants and underneath routes. Quick feet and play strength allow him to beat press and win at the LOS. Uses hands well to slip physical coverage. Initial burst out of release is impressive and creates separation and leverage through the stem. Doesn't have elite length, but gets above the rim and competes at the catch point. Strong hands and thick upper body allows him to snag the ball through contact. Flashes consistency in technique catching the football and comfortably plucks the ball away from his frame . Weaknesses – Not a burner and may not have the juice to consistently beat defenders vertically in the NFL. Lacks the explosive top speed to shake defenders who are riding his hip pocket. Can be late to react to the ball and adjust hand position, missing on some makeable catches. Consistency finding space in zones could improve. Limited length inhibits catch radius. Needs to land more consistently with his punch as a blocker. Lengthy injury history is a serious concern . Outlook – Samuel has the look of a dynamic chess piece for an NFL offense. Get the ball in his hands and he will create yardage out of nothing. May not be a true #1 option, but has the upside to be a highly productive starting receiver . Shout-out to @katsukifb for the video. Check out his awesome content . #nfl #nflfootball #nflupdates #nflnews #sports #instasports #nfldraft #nfldraft2019 #cfb #collegefootball #ncaa #ncaafootball #nflplayoffs #superbowl

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PROSPECT OF THE WEEK: . In this series I will be highlighting a player who has impressed me the most from the tape I have watched that week . NAME: Deebo Samuel COLLEGE: South Carolina POSITION: WR HEIGHT: 6'0" WEIGHT: 215lbs CLASS: Sr. GRADE: 2nd Round . Samuel was someone who was on my radar last offseason as a potential draft pick, but an ankle injury limited him to only 3 games. In those 3 games Samuel managed to total 250 Receiving Yards, 3 Receiving TDs and returned 2 kickoffs for TDs. His explosiveness was on display before the injury and I am excited to see what he produces this season . Strengths – awesome burst and explosive speed, incredible wiggle and twitch at LOS, lightning quick feet to set defenders up at LOS, recognizes different techniques by defenders at the LOS and knows how to set up his release accordingly, good with ball in his hands, understands releases and shading of DB, knows how to manipulate DBs positioning to get open, true deep threat, explosive route runner, knows how to lean and break to get open, dynamic playmaker, can get him the ball as a receiver, running back or returner, instant acceleration, eats cushion, effort and tenacity as blocker, sudden COD allows him to press vertically before breaking routes off . Weaknesses – has serious injury concerns (has had hamstring issues and broke his Fibula last season), not quite as natural hands as teammate Edwards, seen him drop some catchable balls, won’t be a guy you can throw up a 50/50 to . #nfl #nfldraft #nfldraft2019 #cfb #ncaafootball #collegefootball #heisman #nflfootball #offseason #nflupdates #espn #highlights #sports #instasports #football #gamecocks

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