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Asante Samuel

DB | (0-0, 185) | UCF
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: High school quarterback and defensive back and basketball player. Top backup free safety as a freshman in 1999. Moved to cornerback in 2000 and was the team's top return man. Started every game at cornerback in '01 and continued to return punts. Had 12 tackles and four passes defensed in '99; 26-6 and two picks in 2000; and 41-13-2 in '01. Team's best cornerback and defensive back in '02, when he had 48-15-4. Returned 25 punts for 275 yards and 10 kickoffs for 168 yards while blocking two kicks in '00. Returned 19 punts for 165 yards in '01, when he also blocked a kick. Returned 19 punts for 233 yards in '02.

Positives: Very good quick-twitch athlete with quick feet and good balance. Can peddle and turn without losing much in transition. Shows good ball skills and breaks on the ball well. Has decent hands, returns punts with vision and has shown skill as a kick blocker.

Negatives: Average at best versus the run and does not tackle that well. Quicker-than-fast player who does not have great makeup speed. Tends to leave a lot of cushion when in pass coverage. Seems to have a hard time catching punts at times and tends to catch them off to the side.

Summary: Has a good chance to make an NFL team as a nickel or dime cornerback and return man if he can improve his run support and tackling and become a more aggressive and physical player.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.