Cleveland Browns: 5 biggest impact prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft
4. Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State
While Newsome is a prototypical athlete, Samuel is not. He’s undersized and didn’t test as well as expected, but he has fantastic instincts and feel for the position.
It’s easy to see that he’s the son of a multi-time Super Bowl champion and one of the best DBs of the 21st century. He sees routes developing a step ahead of everyone else and has great click-and-close ability.
Asante Samuel, Jr. is also a feisty competitor who talks trash and tackles much better than his father. His ceiling is nowhere near as high as Newsome or some of the other prospects in this class, but he has an extremely high floor as a No.2 cornerback and would pair with Denzel Ward to form a formidable duo.
Samuel would be an effective player right away because he that innate feel for the game of football that just can’t be taught.
His size is a negative, but he plays bigger than his 5-10 frame would suggest. If he’s staying in phase with receivers, no one will be complaining.
If the Browns are just wanting a quality corner opposite Ward for the next five seasons, Samuel is about as safe as it gets.