Florida State cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. drafted in second round by the Chargers
Former Florida State cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft Friday night.
Samuel was chosen with the No. 47 pick and becomes the first FSU player to be selected.
The selection of Samuel marks the 38th straight year a Seminole has been drafted, a streak that dates back to 1984 and is the ninth-longest active streak in the country entering this year’s draft. Samuel is the 198th FSU player drafted in that time frame and 289th in program history.
During his three seasons as a Seminole, Samuel registered 97 tackles, three tackles for loss, four interceptions, and 29 pass deflections.
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Last season, Samuel started in eight games in which he appeared and recorded 31 tackles, including 1.0 for loss, three interceptions, six pass breakups, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. He received first-team All-ACC honors and was the third Seminole since 2000 with at least three interceptions and two fumble recoveries in a season.
Samuel arrived at FSU from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale where he was ranked No. 25 overall by ESPN and a consensus four-star recruit. During his pro day, Samuel posted a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, 35-inch vertical jump, 10 feet, 4-inch broad jump, 4.13-second short shuttle, 6.95-second 3-cone drill, and 12 repetitions on the bench press.
What the experts say
"Cornerback with NFL bloodlines and disruptive strength to make contested catches a true challenge for wide receivers. Samuel has good feet but average size and transition burst to shadow breaks. He allowed too many catches in front of his face, especially early in the 2020 season. He plays with good technique in closing out and crowding receivers headed down the field but has a tendency to go overboard when face-guarding, turning his coverage into flags. He has the traits and talent to turn some catches into incompletions with a change in approach. Samuel has nickel talent, but might just be average as a pro." - NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein
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