Deebo Samuel

South Carolina

Prospect Info

College
South Carolina
Hometown
Class
SC
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
214 lbs
31 3/8”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.96
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
San Francisco
49ers
Round 2 ‧ Pick 4
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40 Yard Dash
4.48u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
39.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
122.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.03
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.14
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Tyshun "Deebo" Samuel received his nickname because he often bullied other kids growing up. That sort of attitude has proven to be a good thing on the field, especially when he starred for USC in 2018. He earned first-team All-SEC honors as an all-purpose player and return specialist (23-570-24.8, TD on kickoffs) and was also named a second-team all-conference receiver (62-882-14.2, 11 TD). He started 11 of 12 games played but chose not to participate in his team's bowl game in order to prepare for the draft. Samuel was off to a hot start the first three games of 2017, being a factor as a receiver (15-250-16.7, three TD), rusher (2-30-15.0) and returner (both kickoff returns went for touchdowns) before breaking his leg. The South Carolina native had shared the team's Most Valuable Player award after the 2016 season with quarterback Jake Bentley, leading the Gamecocks with 59 receptions for 783 yards (13.3 average) and one touchdown in 10 starts. Samuel also scored as a kick returner (16-431-26.9), though he missed three games with a hamstring injury. He had hamstring problems as a redshirt freshman, as well, though he managed to catch 12 passes for 161 yards (13.4 average) and a score in five games (three starts).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
Pharoh Cooper
Overview
Tyshun "Deebo" Samuel lives up to his nickname (it comes from a tough guy in the movie "Friday") and plays each game like he's stepping into an alley fight. While Samuel is tough and competitive, he lacks suddenness and might need scheme help with motion and bunch formations to help free him against NFL man coverage. He is a gamer who thrives once the ball is in his hands, and he might be able to help a team from the slot if he can stay healthy.
Strengths
  • Extremely urgent and competitive
  • Subtle but effective adjustments around attempted route redirection
  • Pre-stem fake often gets defenders to lean or open hips
  • Body control allows for earlier stops and turns in routes
  • Fearless and focused working the middle of the field
  • Possesses strong hands with will to win contested catches
  • Works aggressively back to the football
  • Steams right through arm tackles after the catch
  • Has running back vision with the ball in his hands
  • Surprising build-up speed to separate as open-field runner
  • Four career kick returns for touchdowns
Weaknesses
  • Compact, stocky frame looks out of place outside
  • Needs to improve footwork to defeat press
  • Routes lack forward lean and vertical push
  • Hip tightness limits stride length
  • Needs to add some finesse with route-work
  • Struggled to uncover against press-and-trail coverage
  • Average burst to separate out of breaks and turns
  • Below average catch radius and mid-air body adjustments
  • First and only healthy season was in 2018
  • Past hamstring issues concern evaluators.
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league