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Deebo Samuel, wide receiver
5’11” | 214 lbs | South Carolina
Projected draft range: Round two
I would take him in the: second round
One-sentence bio: 2018 first-team All-American and All-SEC, whose real name is Tyshun — got the nickname “Deebo” from the movie Friday.
One-sentence scouting report: Quick receiver with good hands that is an excellent route runner from the slot or the boundary.
How he fits in KC:
Samuel is a receiver that could come in and contribute on day one in an already-loaded Kansas City Chiefs offense.
His ability to create space and get open quickly from the slot would add a much-needed target for Patrick Mahomes in the middle of the field. Last year, when the offense was without Sammy Watkins — the other real man-coverage beater — there were times where the offense struggled to move the ball. Samuel would give that extra element, forcing teams to respect more of the field alongside Watkins, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.
Samuel also has room to grow as a receiver — and while he’s not the tallest receiver, he’s built well enough to handle outside duties against bigger cornerbacks. Should the Chiefs need to replace a receiver this year or next, Samuel could offer some serious upside and flexibility.
We talked to Samuel at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, and asked him about playing for the Chiefs: “It would be a great feeling,” he said, “going out there and knowing I’ve got a great group of guys. You can watch and see: like the guys love each other, and they’ve got a great feel for the game.”
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