Teams looking to upgrade at cornerback will have plenty of options to choose from in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Asante Samuel Jr. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to the son of two-time Super Bowl champion Asante Samuel.
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Asante Samuel Jr. Draft Profile
College: Florida State
The son of the longtime Patriots and Eagles corner of the same name, Samuel brings a skill set similar to his father’s. He’s a loose athlete with lightning-quick feet, and his ability to read route combinations and click-and-close in a flash leads to him getting his hands on a lot of passes. He’s confident and competitive, and his ball skills are good enough to secure a few interceptions. When he lines up in press coverage, he has the ability to lock hips with the receiver and stay glued on. He has the recovery speed to run with receivers downfield.
Samuel’s lack of size is his biggest drawback; winning at the catch point will be a challenge against bigger receivers. While he can cover in the slot and is willing in run support, playing inside will be difficult, both in his ability to work through traffic and his tackling.
He’s a Malcolm Butler-type who can match with quickness inside or on the boundary. He has some limitations in run support and in terms of matchups, but movement skills, confidence and instincts should result in solid ball production.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round