The 2021 NFL Draft is just a few weeks away and one prospect that may sneak his way into the first round is Florida State cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. Samuel has posted 97 tackles, 29 pass breakups and 4 interceptions over three seasons (31 games played) with the Seminoles.
It is no secret that having a reliable and shutdown secondary leads to a lot of team success in the NFL. With that in mind, here are three of the most likely teams to draft Samuel.
Asante Samuel Jr. Draft Projections
1. Indianapolis Colts (No. 21)
The Indianapolis Colts had a successful 2020 season largely due to their strong defense. Well, it could get even stronger if they draft Samuel with their first round pick. Samuel has the speed (4.45-second 40-yard dash) and coverage skills necessary to compete at the next level. He earned First-Team All-ACC honors during his junior season and has proven he can line up covering in the slot or along the outside. Samuel's overall physicality and toughness would fit in well with this Colts' defense, which makes him a potential target at No. 21.
2. Tennessee Titans (No. 22)
After releasing starting corners Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson, it is safe to say the Tennessee Titans may be looking to draft someone at the position this year. Samuel could fit that role as he gave up just 1 touchdown in 2019 and allowed an insanely low 46.2 opponent passer rating when targeted. He could slide into a starting role rather quickly in Tennessee if he is able to translate his skills to the next level smoothly. Some would consider this pick a reach, but the Titans have an obvious need to address.
3. New Orleans Saints (No. 28)
If Samuel is still there when the Saints are on the clock, do not be surprised if he ends up in New Orleans. It makes a lot of sense given the team's lack of depth at the position. Pairing Samuel with starter Marshon Lattimore would give the team a duo of dangerous playmakers on the back end. He has the ball skills needed to compete for 50/50 passes and the power to disrupt opposing receivers. Assuming he can get his penalties under control, Samuel could be a steal at this spot for the Saints.
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