COLUMBUS, Ohio – Curtis Samuel knew that he did not need to do any of the testing work at Ohio State's recent Pro Day after a big day at the NFL Scouting Combine. A 4.31 in the 40-yard-dash to go along with 37-inch vertical opened the eyes of the NFL scouts, and Samuel at the same time.
"I am not going to lie, I did not expect that," Samuel said. "My times training (were) not 4.31, or the 4.3s at all, but I know once I get my body the proper time to rest and heal that I can pull off something like that. I am grateful and thankful I could do that."
Everybody knows that Samuel is fast but nobody is quite sure what position is in Samuel's future. That is why different teams want to see Samuel go through different drills as they try and find the right spot for the Brooklyn (N.Y.) native.
"I wanted to really show that I could run great routes, whether it is inside or outside," Samuel said. "I started in the beginning doing some inside stuff but then (moved to) outside to show that I am capable of doing those too."
Samuel was Ohio State's most consistent playmaker on offense in 2016 and the Buckeyes will have to work hard to replace that kind of production. Samuel led the Buckeyes in receptions and receiving touchdowns by a wide margin. Samuel was also Ohio State's third-leading rusher on a team that was not short on talented runners with Mike Weber and J.T. Barrett carrying the ball as well.
During his years at Ohio State, Samuel became more of a natural pass-catcher but the curve is sharp making it to the next level. Teams have taken notice that Samuel is becoming more of a natural as a receiver.
"I am definitely impressing a lot of people, just from the end of the season with what they had seen to now, I am getting some good feedback," Samuel said. "I am not really worried about that, I am just worried about being the best that I can be and becoming the best player."
The more things that Samuel does well, the more valuable he is going to be to his future team and that could mean hearing his name earlier in the process.
"As (you saw) today I did inside receiver, I ran some routes out of the backfield, I did outside, did some running back drills at the end of the receiver stuff and I caught some punts," Samuel said. "I did a whole bunch of stuff today. I am just trying to expand my role wherever teams want me."
Does Samuel have a preference of position or does he feel that he is best suited to make an impact at a spot from day one?
"Right now, I feel like I am more of an inside guy," Samuel said. "But as the years go on, I am going to evolve to be able to do both. I want to stay on the field as long as I can and as much as I can."