Cowboys slot options for 2021 should include drafting Asante Samuel Jr.
If the Dallas Cowboys select to hand down a Day 1 cornerback and search in another early instructions in the 2021 NFL draft then it will end up being a pushing requirement to attend to in the later rounds. There is a big clump of corners in the Day 2 discussion and the buying of that group is all over the location. The gamers in factor to consider are of all various physique and will likely be prepared to a group which sees an area for them immediately or can see a developmental function for them in the long run.
Florida State’s Asante Samuel Jr. most likely fits into the instant starter classification. There is an argument to be made that he must go on Day 1, however there are issues to his video game that will likely wind up pressing him down group’s boards. Let’s enter into why he is among the more remarkable gamers in a skilled class.
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Height: 5-foot-9 Weight: 194 pounds
Statistics (2020 – 8 Games)
Takes On: 30 Overall Tackles, 22 Solo Tackles, 1.0 Tackle For Loss Effect Plays: 3 Interceptions, 1 Required Fumble, 6 Pass Deflections
Wake Forest (2019), Louisville (2019), North Carolina (2020), Miami (2020)
Among the best movers in the class, displays oily hips and outstanding turnabout abilities, regularly runs paths best with receivers and is connected to their hip the majority of the time in male. Footwork is so fast and effective, really couple of bad moves. Impulses in male are most likely his finest characteristic, extensive understanding of path principles and where to place himself, truly understands how to finest make himself offered to make plays. Wonderful capability to turn and drop into healing. Great tackler, succeeds outdoors field and makes the plays he requires to. Speed will truly assist him establish as a zone protection protector. Skillset equates extremely well to the slot or nickel. Played extremely well on the outdoors at Florida State, most likely will not stick there in the NFL however has experience that will be important to groups. Speed permits him to run with nearly anybody.
Small for an outdoors corner, not his area in the NFL more than likely, numerous groups will disqualify him from playing outdoors right away, physically cannot compare versus larger and more physical receivers. Requirements to be much better about when to be physical, can get hoggish sometimes however requires to enhance at the line of skirmish. Ball abilities aren’t excellent, does not constantly find the ball well and will likely get bullied at the catch point if asked to play outdoors. Will periodically get reversed. Little experience in zone however characteristics will serve him well. Will be fascinating to see how he has the ability to play the run, does not shed blocks well and does not include himself frequently.
Protection Abilities: 12.5/15 Impulses: 8.5/10 Fluidity: 4/5 Ball Abilities: 4.5/10 Tackling/Run Assistance: 6/10 Healing: 4/5 Switch: 5/5 Frame: 1.5/5 Flexibility: 4/5 Consistency: 4/5 Round Grade: 7.200/10 (second Round Worth)
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Asante Samuel Jr. is the child of previous NFL cornerback Asante Samuel and kid does it appear on tape. Samuel Jr. has a few of the very best impulses in the class and understands how to conquer the obstacles provided by his size. He has absurd speed and foot speed as he regularly reveals he can remain connected to the receiver throughout from him. While he will more than likely need to move to the within in the pros, the experience he got on the exterior will not just make him flexible however assist make the shift inside much easier. His ability is exceptionally uncommon and would be an exceptional choice on Day 2.
Fit With the Cowboys
Samuel Jr. would not fill the standard alpha corner function that the Dallas Cowboys are most likely targeting in this year’s draft that makes him not likely to be among the favored choices in the 2nd round. Samuel’s finest football in the NFL will likely come using the within. He is undersized and for the Cowboys and Dan Quinn he does not have the length and construct to be able to stand out on the exterior. This is not to state he will never ever be a Cowboy however the group would need to secure somebody in complimentary firm to play throughout from Trevon Diggs that they would feel comfy with prior to they were to think about choosing Samuel. His football savvy and impulses would be a welcome addition to the group if he were to end up being the choice.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.