Ohio State losing key offensive weapons in Curtis Samuel, Noah Brown to NFL Draft
Samuel was the only player in the country this season with both 700 yards rushing and receiving
Bucknuts is reporting that Samuel will skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft, which is quite the blow to the Ohio State offense. Not only did Samuel lead the Buckeyes in receiving this season with 74 receptions for 865 yards and seven touchdowns, but he was also the team's third-leading rusher, going for 771 yards and another eight touchdowns.
Samuel was the only player in the country this season to finish with more than 700 yards both rushing and receiving.
It will be interesting to see how NFL teams view Samuel. At 5-foot-11 and 197 pounds, he doesn't have the ideal size for either a wide receiver or running back on the next level, but his production and talent set (nor his size) isn't really all that different from what Stanford's Christian McCaffrey, and McCaffrey is looked at as somebody that could go in the first round.
Samuel won't be the only one of J.T. Barrett's targets leaving early for the NFL. Noah Brown announced on Sunday that he'd be leaving school early as well, and his decision is a lot more surprising than Samuel's. Brown was Ohio State's second-leading receiver in 2016, but he caught only 32 passes for 402 yards and seven touchdowns in his only full season with the Buckeyes.
Ironically enough, the fact that Brown is 6-foot-2 and 218 pounds may make him more attractive to some NFL teams as a receiver than Samuel, despite the difference in production between the two while in Columbus.
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