Christian McCaffrey is in the elite tier of running backs. DJ Moore is on the verge of stardom. Cam Newton already owns the record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback and will go down as one of the best fantasy QBs ever. What if I told you there was another Carolina Panther who, while perhaps not a superstar, is absolutely worth your attention and is undervalued by the dynasty community?
Enter Curtis Samuel.
It’s not hard to see why Samuel was drafted 40th overall by the Panthers in 2017. In his final season of college, he led the Ohio State Buckeyes with over 1,600 yards from scrimmage. That yardage included an impressive 750-plus yards rushing and receiving each.
Per Sports Reference, only one other Power-5 player had managed to do that since 2000 - the electric Percy Harvin. While Harvin’s professional career was derailed by a string of injuries, he was a special player and one I see as a very positive comparison for Samuel.
Physically and athletically, the similarities between these two players continue. Both were measured at 5’11” at the Scouting Combine. Samuel is actually slightly heavier, at 196 lbs to Harvin’s 192. Naturally, both had the elite speed required for the rushing/receiving ability they showcased. Harvin clocked in his 40-yard dash at an excellent 4.39 seconds. Samuel? A blazing 4.31, bested only by the record-breaking 4.22 by John Ross among the WRs in the 2017 class.