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Jets need to select Curtis Samuel in 2017 NFL Draft

By Hillary Garza
Mar 4, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Curtis Samuel goes through pass catching workout drills during the 2017 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Curtis Samuel goes through pass catching workout drills during the 2017 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets need more offensive playmakers. Running back/wide receiver Curtis Samuel would be a utility player worth selecting in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Running back Matt Forte had an incredible run with the Chicago Bears, but his first year with the New York Jets has been a struggle.  There is no denying that odds were not in Forte’s favor with the black cloud that followed the team throughout last season. But don’t jump to conclusions, he might be getting older (age 31) but it’s not the time to cut ties with this versatile running back.

What the Jets should do is add a complementary running back to help balance things out. The Jets need a strong running back to grow and be mentored by one of the best in the NFL.  But not just anyone, someone like the versatile Curtis Samuel out of Ohio State.

The Jets should keep their eyes on him since he can effectively be a receiving option or even be quality depth behind Forte and Bilal Powell. He has a knack for making big plays either as a running back or receiving option.

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Considering that Samuel can do both pretty effectively, the Jets need more playmakers on offense, especially after all their player cuts so far this offseason. Since special teams were a complete and utter disaster last season, the Jets could also use him as a kickoff or punt returner. He’s got the speed to really keep opponents guessing and well, he’d be a talented acquisition to plug and play across the team to contribute.

In addition, Brooklyn is his hometown and would more than likely be a dream to play back home. It’s good to bring homegrown players to the big apple and let them flourish in a good situation. The Jets are rebuilding and want to usher in a youth movement towards major success over the next few years. A hybrid playmaker like Samuel is exactly what the Jets need for 2017 and beyond.

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