Asante Samuel Jr. to enter NFL draft

Florida State junior cornerback Asante Samuel jr. will enter the 2021 NFL draft, he posted on Twitter on Sunday.

“When I committed to Florida State, I didn’t realize how much I would grow as a football player, and better yet, as a person,” Samuel Jr. posted. “I’m thankful for my family, teammates, coaches, the athletic trainers, academic staff and fans for always guiding and supporting me throughout the years.”

An FSU spokesperson confirmed on Monday morning that Samuel Jr. was opting out on the rest of the 2020 season.

Samuel Jr. led FSU with three interceptions and also had 31 tackles and six pass breakups. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound Samuel is considered a first- or second-round draft pick going into the 2020 season. TheAthletic.com’s Dane Brugler has Samuel at 29th on his top 50 for the 2021 draft.

“Although he might not be a fit for every scheme due to his size limitations, Samuel is very similar to his Pro Bowl father — what they don’t have size-wise, they make up for with sticky coverage and heady instincts. Samuel has the reaction quickness and diagnose skills to make offenses pay for bad decisions,” Brugler writes in his analysis of the top 50 draft prospects.

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