Lanear (pronounced "luh-NEER”) played at North Mesquite High School, in Mesquite, Texas. Sampson was the 50th best receiver in the nation, and a three star recruit according to Rivals.com. Sampson is an Academic All-Big 12 honoree, and a two-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. He also participated in a mission trip, along with other Baylor athletes, to Kenya, in both 2010 and 2011.
Sampson redshirted his first year on campus. The following season, Sampson started 11 of 12 games and caught 29 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns. In 2010, Sampson played in all 13 games and picked up 10 starts. He caught 42 passes for 390 yards. The next year, Sampson once again played in all 13 games. Sampson started 11 of the games and totaled 42 catches for 572 yards and three touchdowns. This past season, Sampson had his biggest year yet. In 13 games, he caught 52 passes for 646 yards and six touchdowns. He was an honorable mention to the All-Big 12 team.
Solid build, good bulk. Explosive vertically, finds ways to get behind cornerbacks. Tracks the football well and has good, soft hands. Good vertical. Looks to have long arms for his height. Extends arms and catches the football away from his frame. Not afraid to be physical in his route.
Lacks great height for the position. Has never been the go to receiver at Baylor. Not explosive off the line of scrimmage, has build up speed. Doesn't have great flexibility or fluidity. Leggy coming out of cuts and breaks.
Sampson has never been the go-to guy while at Baylor, but he has proven to be a dangerous player. He's explosive vertically, and tracks the deep ball very well. He's an intriguing fit for a vertical passing game, and should be selected in the later rounds.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.