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National NFL analyst on Deebo Samuel: ‘What is it that he can’t do?’

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel shows his talents during NFL Pro Timing Day at USC

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Coach Will Muschamp says what Deebo Samuel does and how he is off the field is what others are talking about.

Through the NFL draft process, former South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel has been projected as a high second-round pick or potentially on the edge of the first round.

And he’s made a fan of NFL Network and Fox Sports analyst Brian Baldinger.

The former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman raved about Samuel in a Twitter breakdown, looking at a set of plays and admiring precise cuts on the goal line and one-handed catches.

“To me, he looks like a can’t-miss prospect,” Baldinger said. “You want to play him inside, you want to play him outside. Sturdy, strong, but knows where the passing lanes are.

“When I watch Deebo Samuel, I say, ‘What is it that he can’t do? What is it that anybody else can do better in this draft?”

Baldinger broke down a few routes. On one, an Akron corner was trying to take away the inside, but Smauel shook him and caught a short touchdown. On another, he praised Samuel’s hands on a one-handed catch against Coastal Carolina.

Baldinger also noted Samuel ran all over Clemson (10 catches, 210 yards, three touchdowns), pointing out a play where the receiver got jammed hard, kept going and caught a slant in coverage for a touchdown. He wrapped by highlighting a leaping grab against Tennessee, pointing out his 39-inch vertical jump.

According to his Instagram, Samuel visited the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans in recent days, part of a tour of various NFL teams.

When healthy his last few seasons, Samuel was a dynamic all-around playmaker. He was a force the first three games of 2017 before a broken bone ended his season and ultimately brought him back to school. He finished his senior season with 62 catches, 882 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns.

In addition to his 2,076 receiving yards, he added seven career scores on the ground, four as a returner and one as a special teams gunner.

He’s currently projected to go in the second round by CBS Sports as the No. 52 prospect in the draft. NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah has him as the No. 47 prospect.

“I think you’re going to get a great prospect and pro,” Baldinger said.