Displays some savvy about his game, widening his angles to create more room for himself to operate as a route runner when eating up the cushion vertically off the line. He's sudden when asked to put his foot on the ground and has the ability to quickly get out of his breaks as a vertical route runner. Is a linear athlete who possesses good balance and stop and go ability, but looks tight in the hips when asked to quickly change directions.
However, on sharply breaking routes, he has a tendency to gear down, round off his breaks in order to maintain balance and isn't the cleanest route runner when trying to change directions. Displays above-average shiftiness off the line for his size and does a nice job breaking down opposing corners vs. press. He loves to work his jab step in order to create room, and he consistently is able to get his body between the corner and ball and can secure the football over the middle.
Possesses a long set of arms but needs to do a better job extending himself and making plays away from his frame. Isn't real soft handed either, will drop his fair share of footballs when he has to get his head around quickly in the short/intermediate pass game and will struggle to fight off defenders in order to secure the catch. Is more of a strider down the field, lacks an ideal initial burst and doesn't have much of second gear.
Is more effective the further down the field he is to cover and locates the football well, but isn't going to outpace many NFL defenders vertically. A very average blocker for his size, will get in the way of defenders and use his length, but isn't physical at all; can be rag dolled around and doesn't have real heavy hands.
Impression: Possesses good size and has some natural body control to his game, but lacks a great burst, overall speed and is a bit leggy and tight as a route runner. More of a free agent who could fight for a roster spot in more of a vertical offense i.e. the Chargers."
Positive: Big-bodied possession receiver with reliable hands. Quickly releases off the line, displays strong hands, and has the ability to snatch the ball from the air. Nicely adjusts to the errant throw, looks the pass in, and displays good eye/hand coordination. Easily makes the reception without breaking stride and consistently catches the ball away from his frame. Sells routes, shows quickness into breaks, and stays low on exit. Keeps his focus throughout the action. Gives effort blocking and gets results.
Negative: Not a consistent downfield threat and is more of a one-speed receiver despite his forty time.
Analysis: Sampson has displayed a lot of skill the past two years and could be a solid a 4th receiver for an NFL team. Underrated to this point, Sampson could contribute as a rookie."
Weaknesses: Older prospect who will turn 26 during his rookie season. His speed and explosiveness might be a hinderance at the next level. Not an explosive athlete as a jumper or in short areas. He struggles versus press coverage.
Projection: Sixth or seventh round. Sampson could develop into a backup receiver at the next level."
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