Curtis Samuel’s 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine, as the former Ohio State running back looks to increase his draft stock.
Curtis Samuel had a productive career at Ohio State: national champion in 2014 and first-team All-Big Ten in 2016 after rushing for 771 yards and eight touchdowns while also catching 74 passes for 865 yards and seven scores.
He’s now taking the spotlight as one of the players turning heads at the NFL Combine.
Samuel ran a 4.31 40-yard dash at the league’s showcase event, meeting expectations that he would be one to watch at the annual gathering in Indianapolis.
One of the many reasons scouts are excited about the former Buckeye is his versatility. He’s able to line up in the backfield and pound the ball on the ground while using his receiving skills to become another threat in the passing game. Many scouts have stated that they see him as a wide receiver at the next level, especially in the slot position. He was in a group with receivers during workouts.
At 5-foot-11 and 197 pounds, Samuel is explosive when turning up the engine, but he will have to get better at route running if he becomes a wide receiver, as projected. No matter where he lands, an NFL team should consider itself very lucky to be able to draft such an explosive player.