Drew Sample

Washington

Prospect Info

College
Washington
Hometown
Class
WA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
255 lbs
33 3/8”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.59
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cincinnati
Bengals
Round 2 ‧ Pick 20
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.71u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
115.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.15
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.31
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.85
Seconds
 

Playlist

Sample saved his best season for last, garnering honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors by catching 25 passes for 252 yard (10.1 average) and three touchdowns for the Pac-12 champions. He struggled through a leg injury his junior year but continued to play, earning the Huskies' Don James Perseverance Award for his efforts. He caught seven passes for 84 yards on the year, starting 8 of 10 games played. It was the second time Sample had received a major postseason award from the team, as he was the recipient of the Tough Husky Award after his redshirt freshman season (5-45-9.0, two receiving TDs in 13 games with seven starts.) The former All-King County selection from Newport High School in Bellevue was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection after his sophomore campaign, when he caught nine passes for 106 yards (11.8 average).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 4
NFL Comparison
Jack Doyle
Overview
Sample's size and lunch-pail demeanor are what NFL teams look for at the point of attack. While he might be typecast as just a blocking tight end, he possess enough speed and ball skills to become a more productive pass catcher than he was at Washington. His size, football character and commitment as a run blocker give him a chance to become a solid combination tight end with TE2 potential.
Strengths
  • Cerebral player praised for task-oriented, serious demeanor
  • NFL size to step into blocking duties of a "Y" tight end
  • Possesses adequate tenacity and grip strength to help sustain blocks
  • Uses good technique and placement with hands as run blocker
  • Works to unlock hips under his hands for improved leverage at point of attack
  • Patient second-level blocker with motor to try and chase down targets in space if needed
  • Good initial speed into routes
  • Opens his stride length for some separation speed on crossing routes
  • Sharpens focus despite body or hand traffic near the catch point
  • Recognizes man vs
  • zone coverage and will cut routes off and sink in space for his quarterback
  • Hands are supple and sure as pass catcher
Weaknesses
  • Routes are a little monotone and predictable
  • Doesn't create much leverage into breaks against man coverage, allowing defenders to stick to him
  • Production as pass-catcher has been limited
  • Needs to improve upper-body strength to handle rigors of NFL blocking
  • Takes inconsistent angles in cut-off blocks
  • Would benefit from learning to re-set hands in pass protection when giving up his frame
  • Doesn't lack toughness but could use a little more edge
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