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NFL draft: Carolina Panthers’ selection, round 2, pick 40 – Curtis Samuel

Ohio State running back Curtis Samuel was an all-purpose player in college – much like Panthers first-round pick Christian McCaffrey.
Ohio State running back Curtis Samuel was an all-purpose player in college – much like Panthers first-round pick Christian McCaffrey. AP

Curtis Samuel

Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 196.

Position: Wide receiver/running back.

College: Ohio State.

What he offers: Fast, athletic player who ran the 40 in 4.34 seconds at the NFL scouting combine. Started 10 games at H-back last season, with two starts at running back. Like Christian McCaffrey, also has experience returning kicks and punts.

Worth mentioning: Samuel was the only college player last season to finish with 700 yards rushing and receiving. His 74 catches were the second-highest, single-season total in Buckeyes’ history. Left Columbus as the only Ohio State player with at least 1,000 career rushing and receiving yards.

Bet you didn’t know: Samuel was the Gatorade Player of the Year in New York after averaging 13.7 yards per carry his final two season at Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn. Pro Football Hall of Fame members Al Davis, the former Oakland Raiders owner and coach, and Sid Luckman, a former Chicago Bears quarterback, played at Erasmus Hall.

What they’re saying: “I think he’s going to be a wideout for them. ... They need dynamic offensive playamkers and they just added two. A little more polished wideout than I expected. He ran 4.31. You ain’t catching him.” – NFL Network’s Mike Mayock

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