Two-year captain, led Maryland in tackles last three seasons after being a lightly-recruited prep. Last season he was the team's Defensive Player of the Year while making honorable mention a All-Big Team after making 90 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a conference-leading four fumble recovereiers
Started all 37 games at middle linebacker from 2015 to 2017 and became fifth since 1969 to lead team in tackles for three consecutive years. .
STRENGTHS: Extremely hard-working and a persistent tackler with knack for causing fumbles (seven in career). Has history of outstanding play on special teams during first years in college.
WEAKNESSES: Not quick or especially fast. Although he was used in pass coverage, he may not be able to handle man-on-man situations at next level. Must improve ability to shed blockers and show that 2017 was a fluke in terms of a lot of missed tackle.
STRENGTHS: Maintains his top speed in his routes and after the catch…loose body control to make natural adjustments on throws outside his frame…squares off routes, bursting off his plant foot…sudden shake in his releases to beat press…knack for finding open zones…athleticism to turn short catches into long gains…open-field moves to force missed tackles…pulls away from defenders…average physical measurements…exuberant personality in the locker room…one of the most productive receiving seasons in school history, averaging 140.4 yards per game, which would have ranked No. 1 in FBS if he qualified – recorded 100+ receiving yards in seven of his eight starts in 2017, which tied a UCLA single-season record.
WEAKNESSES: Equal opportunity dropper, too many “almost” catches on his tape…marginal focus in traffic or contested situations…uncomfortable fighting off press coverage…lacks the power to out-physical defenders or break tackles…prematurely gives up on routes…gets in trouble looking for the home run instead of running to the sticks…questionable decision-maker with immature tendencies, forcing coaches to lose their patience (“He was always kind of a three-steps-forward, two-steps-back kind of guy.” – Serra head coach Scott Altenberg)…suspended multiple times over his UCLA career for “violations of team rules,” most recently a three-game suspension (Oct. 2017) during his junior season…will draw penalties for his lack of on-field discipline.
SUMMARY: A two-year starter at UCLA, Lasley separated himself as Josh Rosen’s No. 1 weapon in 2017, lining up primarily as the “X” receiver in the Bruins’ offense. He was dangerous on slants and catch-and-go routes and averaged over 18-yards per catch as a junior, using his athleticism to create big plays (responsible for 21 catches of 20+ yards in 2017). Lasley is an above average athlete with the explosive gears to gain route leverage and out-pace defenders vertically. However, he is an inconsistent catcher due to streaky focus, which restricts his catch radius and finishing skills. Overall, Lasley has NFL starting potential due to his athleticism, but his reliability issues (volatile emotions and drops) are red flags that will affect his draft status and could keep him from reaching his full NFL potential.
Great short area quickness, and a very explosive first step, especially for his size. Has a refined and dangerous swim move that he alternates nicely with a downright angry bull rush. Does a consistent job of penetrating and getting upfield to collapse the pocket and affect the run, where he has a knack for locating ball-carriers. Strong, violent initial punch that stuns blockers and allows him to take control early. When rushing the pass, fires out low and upward, getting good leverage against offensive linemen. Moves incredibly well for a 335-pound guy, very athletic and sudden. Nimble enough to avoid falling and keep his feet against cut blocks. Very naturally strong with a lot of weight on a frame that doesn’t appear to be maxed out. Young and has a lot of room to grow and mature after only one season as a full-time starter. — Hunter Ansley 1/23/2018
Has a tendency to overextend and get caught off-balance trying to explode out of the blocks like a sprinter. Relies very heavily on his immediate jump and punch or swim move and will struggle to disengage from blockers if he doesn’t win initially. Eagerness and quickness off the ball contribute to over-running gap responsibilities at times and must continue to develop better awareness and discipline. Will allow double-teams into his body and underneath his pads where he can be driven off the ball against power runs despite his size advantage. Too often tries to outmuscle mauling blockers and double-teams rather than split them or dig in and create a pile at the line. Is very green and lacks much starting experience. — Hunter Ansley 1/23/2018
Compares to: Justin Ellis, Oakland Raiders — Ellis is slightly shorter and heavier player, but both are exceptionally quick off the ball for men of such large stature, and both flash a freakish ability to disrupt the run and the pass in the backfield. Settle offers a little more as a pass rusher, but both players will have entered the league looking to harness their raw athleticism, and both use natural strength and suddenness to close when making plays in the backfield.
In our view: Settle’s decision to leave school with two years of eligibility is uncommon for his position, but it doesn’t take long to fall in love with his athleticism when you watch him play. Not many guys who tip the scales at over 330 pounds are this agile, and his ability to apply pressure from the interior of the defensive line without sacrificing size or strength against the run is a rare trait. He only started for one year, and he’s as green as he is gifted, but his potential — and his dominance at times in 2017 — will keep him from falling past the draft’s second day, especially with other young defensive line prospects like Christian Wilkins and Dre’mont Jones returning to school.
STRENGTHS: Top-end speed of a cornerback…smooth hips and controlled feet to turn-and-run with receivers…sinks in his pedal to transition…read/react quickness to drive on the ball with timing to disrupt the catch point…tracks the eyes of the quarterback, undercutting routes…former wideout and looks natural attacking the football – both of his career interceptions came in the same game (2017 vs. Northwestern), including one returned 36 yards for a touchdown…surprisingly sure tackler for a former cornerback…pound-for-pound one of the strongest players in Wisconsin’s weight room…humble, hard worker and voted a senior captain…experienced at both cornerback and safety…averaged 20.8 yards per kick return (35/728/1).
WEAKNESSES: Doesn’t have ideal safety size and appears maxed out around 205 pounds…bigger receivers are able to bump/box him out at the top of routes…needs to improve his eye discipline, biting on play action and route fakes…needs to improve his leverage taking on blocks…tough tackler, but sloppy technique negates his finishing strength, needing help to get his guy on the ground…instincts and key-reading are still in the development phase…missed six games as a junior due to a broken left fibula (Sept. 2016), but didn’t require surgery…moved to safety as a senior with only one season of collegiate starting experience.
SUMMARY: A one-year starter at Wisconsin, Jamerson moved from wideout to cornerback early in 2015 and made a seamless transition to free safety in 2017, handling centerfield duties as the last line of defense. He wasn’t a playmaker who leaped off the film, but he wasn’t out of position either with the speed and want-to for the safety position. Jamerson is comfortable covering slot receivers with the coordinated lower body to stay on top of routes. There are no questions about his weight room strength, but his lack of size shows up on tape vs. both the run and pass. Overall, Jamerson has the secondary versatility to earn a spot at the back-end of a NFL roster, especially with his presence as a gunner on special teams.
Chameleon skill-set and comfortable filling multiple offensive roles. Coordinated route-runner with short-area quickness to separate from man coverage. Consistently extends and bails out inaccurate throws with his catch radius. Makes focused grabs in congestion. Open-field athleticism to sidestep and force missed tackles. Never concedes and runs through contact to finish. High football IQ and situational awareness. Assignment alert in pass protection…tough to find accurate words to describe his extreme competitive nature and isn’t shy letting the opponents know about it. Played every non-lineman position on offense, using his versatility to exploit defenses. Finished his career with almost 3,000 yards of total offense and didn’t miss a game the last four seasons. School’s all-time leader in receptions (202), consecutive games with a reception (41) and ranks second all-time in offensive touchdowns (47). – Dane Brugler 2/2/2018
Mishmash skill-set won’t be a fit for every NFL team. Monotone runner. Average speed and gets in trouble attempting east-west runs. Struggles when the play design isn’t there. Sporadically picks his spots. Strong finisher, but not a consistent tackle-breaker. Will chest up blockers in pass protection and needs technique work. Will have his share of drops due to concentration lapses. Competitive juices get the best of him at times, losing his cool. – Dane Brugler 2/2/2018
IN OUR VIEW
Samuels has an intriguing mix of quickness, power and balance and although he lacks a true position, his versatility can be a valuable weapon if paired with a NFL play-caller that understands his strengths.