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Name: Jaylen Samuels 
College: North Carolina State     Number: 1
Height: 6-0   Weight: 223
Position: RB  Pos2: FB/H-back  Class/Draft Year: Sr/2018
40 Low: 4.52
  40 Time: 4.62
   40 High: 4.72

Projected Round: 3      Stock: 
Rated number 9 out of 190 RB's     95 / 2381 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 5114
Weight: 223

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Dates: 03/19/18
Hand: 08 7/8  Arm: 31 3/7
Wingspan: 76 1/2

Height: 5114
Weight: 223

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 Data Scout Notes: 2017: 1stC...PMaxwell...2016: 3rdC-TE...2015: 2ndC-TE/1stM...2014: NA
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  Jaylen Samuels
NC State
Running Back
5-11, 223, 4.78, #28
Charlotte, N.C.
Mallard Creek
7/20/1996


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  01/27/18 - Top 15 Senior Bowl Performers: 10. Jaylen Samuels, RB, NC State...A do-everything weapon in college, Samuels lined up strictly at running back during practices and out-performed the other backs on the field. As expected, he did his best work during pass-catching drills as none of the linebackers could stick with his route quickness. Samuels and his versatility has him destined for the second day of the draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/25/18 - Senior Bowl Thursday: North Carolina State running back Jaylen Samuels was a tough assignment for the North linebackers and safeties during one-on-one drills. Samuels used quick feet and timing to skirt the defender and create separation in coverage, giving the quarterback a clean target. A "Swiss army knife" skill player, Samuels played running back, wide receiver, fullback and tight end in college and is ideally suited for a hybrid role in the NFL where a play-caller utilizes him in different ways. He isn't as dangerous a ball-carrier as San Diego State's Rashaad Penny, but Samuels might be higher on several draft boards because of his do-everything
versatility. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/29/18: Showed his versatility in 52-31 win over Arizona State in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, carrying 6 times for 20 yards and a TD; catching 7 passes for 46 yards and returning a kickoff 39 yards.

12/02/17 - 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): AP Jaylen Samuels, Sr., NC State, 147 Votes,...Samuels is the league's inaugural choice at the new all-purpose designation after ranking third in the league in touchdowns with 15 for the season – the fifth highest total in school history. His 11 rushing scores are third-best in the conference. "JaySam" ranks sixth in the ACC in receptions per game with 5.8 and his 69 total catches not only anks 22nd overall in the NCAA, but he is second-highest non-WR in total catches nationally.


 Overview

  Playing every offensive position (except offensive line) over his collegiate career, Samuels was a do-everything performer at NC State, running wildcast, taking hand-offs, lead blocking and lining up outside and in the slot. The ACC created an “all-purpose” category on their postseason all-conference team to fit a player with Samuels’ skill-set.

Samuels averaged 6.1 yards per rush for the Wolfpack, but his abilities as a pass-catcher are what will be his calling card in the NFL. He passed Jerricho Cotchery and Torry Holt for the most career receptions (202) in NC State history and has NFL-level ball skills to extend, snag and finish throws away from his body. He is a solid, but unspectacular athlete with tight hips and limited juice, which limits his creativity in tight quarters.

Samuels has experience wearing a lot of different hats, but also lacks a specific identity or dominant trait, which might limit his landing spots in the NFL.

BACKGROUND
Samuels received interest from several ACC programs, but most were skeptical about his best college position and N.C. State and a late offer from Wake Forest were his only power-five scholarship offers. As a true freshman in 2014, he rushed for 143 yards and recorded two touchdowns as a back-up. Samuels became a full-time starting H-Back as a sophomore and posted 368 rushing yards, 597 receiving yards and 16 total touchdowns to earn First Team All-ACC honors.

He led the team in receiving as a junior tight end with 55 catches for 565 yards and seven touchdowns, adding 189 yards rushing. Samuels had his most productive season as a senior and led the team with 76 catches for 597 receiving yards, adding a career-high 404 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns to earn First Team All-ACC honors. He accepted his invitation to the 2018 Senior Bowl.


 Analysis

  STRENGTHS
Chameleon skill-set and comfortable filling multiple offensive roles. Coordinated route-runner with short-area quickness to separate from man coverage. Consistently extends and bails out inaccurate throws with his catch radius. Makes focused grabs in congestion. Open-field athleticism to sidestep and force missed tackles. Never concedes and runs through contact to finish. High football IQ and situational awareness. Assignment alert in pass protection…tough to find accurate words to describe his extreme competitive nature and isn’t shy letting the opponents know about it. Played every non-lineman position on offense, using his versatility to exploit defenses. Finished his career with almost 3,000 yards of total offense and didn’t miss a game the last four seasons. School’s all-time leader in receptions (202), consecutive games with a reception (41) and ranks second all-time in offensive touchdowns (47). – Dane Brugler 2/2/2018

WEAKNESSES
Mishmash skill-set won’t be a fit for every NFL team. Monotone runner. Average speed and gets in trouble attempting east-west runs. Struggles when the play design isn’t there. Sporadically picks his spots. Strong finisher, but not a consistent tackle-breaker. Will chest up blockers in pass protection and needs technique work. Will have his share of drops due to concentration lapses. Competitive juices get the best of him at times, losing his cool. – Dane Brugler 2/2/2018

IN OUR VIEW
Samuels has an intriguing mix of quickness, power and balance and although he lacks a true position, his versatility can be a valuable weapon if paired with a NFL play-caller that understands his strengths.


 2017 Season

  Samuels showed his versatility as a runner, receiver and returner. He led the Wolfpack in receptions with 76, going for 597 yards and 4 touchdowns. He rushed for 404 yards and 12 TDs on 76 carries and returned 9 kicks for 213 yards.

 2016 Season

  The Pack’s leading receiver with 55 catches, he was the third-leading rusher...Tallied his first 100-yard receiving game vs. No 3 Clemson...Named the offensive MVP in the Independence Bowl victory over Vanderbilt, he scored three touchdowns in that contest...Had his second 100-yard game of the season vs. the Commodores, catching six passes for 104 yards and scoring the three TDs...Has caught a pass in 28 straight games - the fifth-longest streak in school history...A third-team All-ACC choice of the league coaches, honorable mention by the league media...Averaging 5.7 yards per rush in 2016, 6.7 for his career. That career mark would be a school record if he had enough carries to qualify...Threw his first career TD pass in the win at UNC.

 2015 Season

  A first-team All-ACC performer and third-team All-American, he had more receptions than any tight end nationally...His 16 touchdowns (9 rushing, 7 receiving) tied with Torry Holt (1998) as the third-best single-season mark in school history and was the most ever for a Wolfpack sophomore...Team’s third-leading rusher and leading receiver, his 65 receptions was the fith-highest single season total in school history...Ranked fifth in the ACC in receptions per game, second in touchdowns...Earned the Torry Holt Award, given to the team’s most valuable offensive player...Scored three touchdowns in four carries in the season opener.

 2014 Season

  Dynamic young player who posted one of the best yards-per-rush (9.5) and yards-per-reception (16.0) averages on the team...Caught the first touchdown in the win over UCF in the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl - an 18-yard reception from RB Shadrach Thornton...Led the team in rushing at Syracuse, even though he had just two carries.

 High School

  Played running back and H-back for coach Michael Palmieri. Helped team to a perfect 16-0 record and the NC 4AA state title. Had seven carries for 99 yards and 3 TDs and 5 receptions for 114 yards and 2 more scores in title game...Team ranked No. 1 in the state, No. 31 nationally by MaxPreps.com...Also played high school basketball.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
01/27/18 - Top 15 Senior Bowl Performers: 10. Jaylen Samuels, RB, NC State...A do-everything weapon in college, Samuels lined up strictly at running back during practices and out-performed the other backs on the field. As expected, he did his best work during pass-catching drills as none of the linebackers could stick with his route quickness. Samuels and his versatility has him destined for the second day of the draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/25/18 - Senior Bowl Thursday: North Carolina State running back Jaylen Samuels was a tough assignment for the North linebackers and safeties during one-on-one drills. Samuels used quick feet and timing to skirt the defender and create separation in coverage, giving the quarterback a clean target. A "Swiss army knife" skill player, Samuels played running back, wide receiver, fullback and tight end in college and is ideally suited for a hybrid role in the NFL where a play-caller utilizes him in different ways. He isn't as dangerous a ball-carrier as San Diego State's Rashaad Penny, but Samuels might be higher on several draft boards because of his do-everything versatility. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/02/17 - 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): AP Jaylen Samuels, Sr., NC State, 147 Votes,...Samuels is the league's inaugural choice at the new all-purpose designation after ranking third in the league in touchdowns with 15 for the season – the fifth highest total in school history. His 11 rushing scores are third-best in the conference. "JaySam" ranks sixth in the ACC in receptions per game with 5.8 and his 69 total catches not only ranks 22nd overall in the NCAA, but he is second-highest non-WR in total catches nationally. - NC State Football
09/27/17 - HB Jaylen Samuels is a threat on the ground and through the air. He has made at least five receptions in every game this season, while also leading the team with four touchdown runs.
09/16/17 - Jaylen Samuels scored on three short touchdown runs as North Carolina State drubbed visiting Furman 49-16 on Saturday afternoon at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C. Quarterback Ryan Finley threw for 231 yards for the Wolfpack (2-1), which plays its Atlantic Coast Conference opener next week at Florida State. Samuels, who had only five carries in the game, scored on 2-yard touchdown run to give the Wolfpack a 7-3 lead with 4:46 remaining in the first quarter. He ran in from 1 yard out in the second quarter and then added another 1-yard touchdown run with 18 seconds left in the first half as N.C. State held a 28-13 lead at the break. Finley threw a 30-yard touchdown strike to JuMichael Ramos in the first half. Nyheim Hines ran for a 28-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Barely three minutes later, N.C. State's Shawn Boone returned P.J. Blazejowski's interception 47 yards for a touchdown. The Wolfpack made it a 21-0 third quarter on Dakwa Nichols' 9-yard run. Finley finished 22-for-27 passing. Hines gained 92 rushing yards on 11 carries. - The Sports Xchange

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