Jaylen Samuels

N.C. State
RB

Prospect Info

College
N.C. State
Hometown
Class
Charlotte, NC
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
225 lbs
31 3/8”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.49
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Pittsburgh
Steelers
Round 5 ‧ Pick 28
40 Yard Dash
4.54
Seconds
 
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.93
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.28
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Some NFL scouts will have a tough time finding a spot for Samuels, as he's not a typical fullback, is shorter than teams like their tight ends to be, and is heavier than most receivers. NC State coaches call him an H-back, but he's really just an offensive weapon. Samuels was a first-team all-conference selection as a senior, ending up the Wolfpack's leading receiver (76 receptions, 597 yards, four TDs) while being a major threat in the red zone (76 receptions, 404 yards, 12 TDs). He was named third-team All-ACC pick in 2016, leading his team with 55 catches (for 565 yards, seven scores) and finishing third on the squad in rushing (33 rush, 189 yards, six TDs). He was named the Offensive MVP in the Independence Bowl win over Vanderbilt (six receptions, 104 yards, three TDs). Samuels started 10 of 13 games played for the second straight year in 2016, one year after winning All-American, first-team All-ACC, and Pack Offensive MVP honors by leading all tight ends nationally in receptions (65 receptions, 597 yards, seven TDs) and running for 368 yards and nine touchdowns on 56 attempts. In limited touches as a freshman, Samuels showed glimpses of his talent (15 rush, 143 yards, TD; six receptions, 96 yards, one TD). This versatility was not a surprise, as Samuels was the top prospect in North Carolina in high school after putting up 2,300 yards of total offense and 55 touchdowns as a senior.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
Overview
Some may see Samuels as a valuable hybrid talent, while others may see a player who offers roster flexibility but lacks a position where he can win consistently. Samuels isn't a tight end and has to prove he can handle blocking duties well enough to be a fullback. He will, however, appeal to teams looking to disguise their attacks with more diversified personnel groupings. Samuels best fit may be with a zone-scheme team as a RB/FB with the ability to play slot receiver and become a core special teamer.
Strengths
  • Provides roster flexibility thanks to his unique versatility
  • True "all-purpose" player
  • Used as zone-scheme runner, on jet sweeps, bubble screens, at slot receiver, outside receiver, and in "Wildcat" this season
  • Proved he could handle some running back duties this season
  • Had success using his size and effort in finding paydirt as goalline running back
  • Can make first tackler miss in space
  • Active with off-hand to swipe away arm tackles
  • Has intelligence to process expansive, individual game plan and take it to the field
  • Can separate from linebackers looking to cover him from slot
  • Able to drop low and snare low throws
  • Has carried more weight in the past and has the frame to do that again if necessary
  • Provides kick cover talent and has experience returning kickoffs
Weaknesses
  • Considered a hybrid player, but lacks a defined position
  • Tape doesn't show enough tenacity to help running game as an H-back
  • Play speed and short area quickness are average
  • Usually gets what is blocked as a running back
  • Need to see more vertical push into his routes
  • Tight hips prevent sharp cuts as running back or receiver
  • Routes lack purpose and route-running is raw
  • Piled on catch production with bubble screens, shovel passes, and hitch routes
  • Struggles to pull in throws outside his frame
  • Focus appears to be an issue
  • Has too many drops and double-catches as a receiver
Sources Tell Us

"Here is the problem I'm having in writing my report. Does he have any special talent or is he just a player who is used in a variety of roles? Is he really, really good at any of his roles or just versatile? That can be the difference between going in the third round or the fifth round." -- NFC team area scout

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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