Eagles to hold private workout with OSU RB/WR Curtis Samuel
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane reported that OSU RB/WR Curtis Samuel will hold a private workout with the Eagles on April 11th.
Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel is scheduled to have private workout with #Eagles on 4/11. Had 1,636 yds and 15 TDs from scrimmage in 2016.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) April 5, 2017
The Ohio State prospect has been a multi-dimensional player for the Buckeyes and was literally Urban Myers’ Ohio State version of Percy Harvin during his three-year career. Samuel earned All American honors as an all purpose player in 2016, rushing for 771 yards (7.9 ypc) with 8 scores on the ground and 74 receptions, 865 yards and 7 scores through the air.
The Eagles franchise is well familiar with hybrid types at the running back position, as Brian Westbrook was quite the threat on the ground and through the air. However, Samuel may be looked as more of a receiver at the next level with the running ability in his back pocket, like a Randall Cobb or Percy Harvin. The Eagles could use an upgrade at the slot position and with Samuel running a 4.31 forty, he is dangerous homerun-threat in the open field. What teams will like about Samuel…he’s such an explosive prospect with 18 plays of over 20 yards or more in 2016.
While Samuel is seen as a hybrid type, some evaluators think he may need to sharpen up his game on both ends of the spectrum. An AFC East scout told NFL.com, that Samuel’s “routes and hands really aren’t that good” and there will be “concerns” on how you use him at the next level.
The 5-foot-10, 196-pound Samuel definitely has that tweener size and skill-set, but at the end of the day he’s always a “big play waiting to happen” with the rock in his hands. Whether it’s as a runner, receiver or a return man on special teams, Samuel could be used in multiple ways. Now, if the Birds are really interested in his services they’ll have to pull the trigger in the second round of the draft.