His sophomore slump has been disappointing. Hoping his health isn’t just being used as an excuse. He was definitely trending up toward the end of his rookie season and looks to have regressed. He does seem hesitant which could be explained by some lingering injuries. He’s got better physical tools than he’s shown this year, but that’s one of the problems with drafting raw prospects. Obviously it’s not just (allegedly) injury related as he’s busting coverages as well as playing soft/tentative. Though I get not trusting your body can have cascading effects.
Samuel Jr., 20, is coming off his junior season with three interceptions, 30 tackles, six pass deflections, two fumble recovers and one force fumble in eight games. In his three seasons with the Seminoles, Samuel Jr. totaled 93 tackles, 29 pass deflections and four interceptions.
Asante Samuel Jr. hasn’t allowed 100+ yards in a single game in his career at Florida State pic.twitter.com/9Hjioum63B
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 29, 2020
The 5-10, 184 lbs cornerback is projected in many mock drafts to go in the second round, but he has seen his stock increase. Samuel Jr. was trusted by Florida State to stick top wide receivers on opposing teams with no vertical help. He has some experience covering in the slot but has thrived in off-man coverage. Samuel Jr. is aggressive, super quick and has tremendous balance to make tackles. He plays under control and rarely misses on tackles and has limited mental errors.
Asante Samuel Jr. making plays just like his father 😤 pic.twitter.com/Ls92HMLq2r
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 12, 2020