Asante Samuel Jr., son of former All-Pro corner, declares for 2021 NFL Draft


Another son of a former NFL player will be heading to the league next year.

Florida State cornerback Asante Samuel Jr., son of Asante Samuel, announced on Twitter Sunday that he is opting out of the remainder of the 2020 season and intends to enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

“The last three years at Florida State has had its ups and downs, but I will forever cherish the memories and relationships that I have created while I was here,” he wrote. “When I committed to Florida State, I didn’t realize how much I would grow as a football player, and better yet, as a person. I’m thankful for my family, teammates, coaches, the athletic trainers, academic staff and fans for always guiding and supporting me throughout the years.”

In three seasons at Florida State, Samuel – who entered as a four-star recruit – had 97 tackles, four interceptions and 29 pass breakups. He had 30 tackles, three interceptions and six pass breakups in eight games this year.

Samuel, who measure in at 5-foot-10, 184 pounds, is ranked as the No. 13 cornerback by Walter Football for the upcoming 2021 draft and is projected to be anywhere from a second to fourth-round pick.

His father, who was drafted in the fourth round by the New England Patriots in 2003, went on to become a four-time Pro Bowl defensive back who led the league in interceptions twice in his 11-year career.

Could Samuel follow in his father’s footsteps?

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