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Mock draft roundup: Asante Samuel Jr. to Bucs in first round?

Asante Samuel Jr. has impressed during the pre-draft prospects. Whether he is picked in the first round of next week’s NFL Draft remains to be seen, but the Florida State cornerback is often viewed as the top prospect among a group of Seminoles.

Samuel Jr. is viewed as a late-first round or early second-round pick in a number of mock drafts by national media ahead of the NFL draft, which begins April 29. According to Pro Football Focus, quarterbacks had a 46.2 passer rating when throwing at a receiver who was defended by Samuel Jr. (lowest passer rating in the 2021 draft class). The 5-foot-10 corner is projected as the 32nd pick (last in the first round) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by CBSSports.com’s Josh Edwards or just a few picks outside the first round as the No. 34 pick (second overall in second round) by the New York Jets by Dane Brugler of theAthletic.com.

A few news outlets have ambitiously attempted seven-round mock drafts. Edwards’ mock draft has safety Hamsah Nasirildeen in the third round, with Janarius Robinson, Marvin Wilson and Joshua Kaindoh in the fourth round. He has Tamorrion Terry being picked in the fifth round.

Brugler’s seven-round mock draft and also has defensive end Joshua Kaindoh, safety Hamsah Nasirildeen and defensive tackle Marvin Wilson being picked in the fourth round. He also has projected defensive end Janarius Robinson and wide receiver Tamorrion Terry in the fifth round.

The Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer also has a seven-round mock draft but with Nasirildeen and Samuel going in the middle of the second round. Wilson and Terry are viewed as fourth-round picks, with Robinson in the fifth round and Kaindoh in the sixth round.

A list of FSU’s all-time NFL Draft picks can be found here.