Given a chance to prove himself after Melvin Gordon left, Wisconsin’s Corey Clement proved he is capable of a heavy load and reliably catching. But his explosiveness was sporadic (he was hurt multiple times), and he was dreadfully inefficient, recording five or more yards on just 31 percent of his carries in both 2015 and 2016. A lot of backs in this draft more consistently proved their upside.
Samuel was the H-back in Urban Meyer’s offense, which is essentially a hybrid receiver and running back. Meyer’s approach, which we’ve seen with guys like Percy Harvin during his Florida tenure and Braxton Miller in 2015, is to get the ball in the hands of his most dynamic offensive weapon. That was definitely Samuel last year for the Buckeyes.
It’s unlikely that Samuel will fill an identical role in the pros, because at 5’11 and 196 pounds, he lacks ideal size for it. He’s talented and versatile, and can be a spark for the Panthers’ offense.
What makes Samuel so exciting? It’s tempting to force a quarterback to the Texans, and that certainly could be the direction they go in, but they’ve never shown a tendency to be desperate in the past. If they don’t have a prospect they love at the position, I believe Bill O’Brien when he says he’s fine with Tom Savage. Instead, the team can address two other needs by taking Robinson in the wake of Derek Newton’s serious injury, and by selecting Williams to possibly start ahead of Andre Hal.
This could finally be the draft when Washington decides to actually Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys add an interior defensive lineman. For some reason, the team took just one defensive linemen in the Cheap Jerseys China NHL first three rounds over the last five years. But with McDowell on the board at No. 17, it’s a match made in heaven. So, too, would be the opportunity to take Baker, giving the team a better option than D.J. Swearinger at safety.