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Samuel Jr. stands out at FSU’s Pro Day

Asante Samuel Jr. was one of the most impressive players at Florida State’s Pro Day, showcasing his speed, agility and footwork.

Samuel ran an unofficial 4.44 in the 40 at the indoor practice facility, while also looked crisp in his backpedal and in a variety of cone drills. He also had a 35-inch vertical jump.

“I feel like I did good,” Samuel Jr. said as part of the ACC Network Extra live stream on Monday. “I think a lot of guys had me going in the 4.5, 4.6 range. But definitely the 40 stood out to me.”

Samuel is a potential first-round pick. CBSSports.com has the junior corner at No. 28 overall to New Orleans, while other outlets view him as a second-round pick. ProFootballFocus.com views defensive tackle Marvin Wilson and defensive end Joshua Kaindoh as third-round picks, while FoxSports.com views safety Hamsah Nasirildeen as a third-rounder but does not list Wilson or Kaindoh among the projected top 105 picks.

Wilson said he wanted to show how well he moved and it was evident he has slimmed down (weighing in at a reported 303 pounds, which is a few pounds off his listed weight but was noticeably leaner). He had 23 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press.

“I feel like I came out and showed these guys I can compete very well,” Wilson said.

Kaindoh ran a 4.7 in the 40 and he also displayed very good change of direction in cone drills.

Receiver Tamorrion Terry ran a 4.47 (unofficial) in the 40-yard dash and showed good footwork in shuttle and agility drills. “I still ran a good time but I know I can run faster,” Terry said. “I did pretty good in route running.”

Safety Hamsah Nasirildeen did not run the 40 due to a hamstring injury during training. Nasirildeen did look good in start-and-stop drills, showing a smooth backpedal and putting to ease any potential concerns about his injured knee.

Janarius Robinson ran an unofficial 4.65 in the 40 and had 25 reps at 225 on the bench.

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams watched the workouts on Monday. Those prominent names in attendance were Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin as well as three general managers: Kevin Colbert (Steelers), Brandon Beane (Bills) and Brian Gutekuenst (Packers). 

With no NFL Combine in 2021, the FSU Pro Day was the best opportunity for the juniors to show what they could do in front of pro scouts. Seniors like Wilson, Robinson and Nasirildeen also were able to work out at the Senior Bowl in January.

All quotes via ACC Network Extra live stream