Richard Samuel is likely a small blip on the radars of NFL scouts.
Former Georgia running back and fullback Richard Samuel didn't have a huge collegiate career on a stats sheet, but his most memorable moment came against rival Florida when he ran for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The running back/fullback is hoping Georgia’s pro day, and his performance at the spectacle, did something to help grow that blip.
“Having all of these guys with all this talent, it brings a lot of press to pro day, so it’s allowing me to show my talents and abilities,” Samuel said.
There were 17 Georgia players — including two likely first rounders in Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree — a scout or coach from each of the 32 NFL teams and 95 credentialed media at the March pro day.
Samuel posted a 4.56-second 40-yard dash, second fastest of the day, and led the way with 23 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He also had the second best broad jump distance at 10 feet, 5.5 inches.
“It felt alright. It wasn’t as good as I trained and prepared for, but I gave it my best,” Samuel said. “I feel alright.”
The 6-foot, 238 pounder was shuffled around quite often throughout his collegiate career, and his career stats reflect that. From running back to linebacker, back to running back and then fullback, Samuel’s career numbers are modest at best — 214 carries for 833 yards and four touchdowns. He also tallied 13 catches for 110 yards.
But his willingness to play where his team needs him provides him an advantage, as does his build.
“I hope (NFL scouts) see that and know what kind of versatile athlete I am,” Samuel said.
Samuel is likely most remembered for his rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter against Florida in 2011, which turned out to be the difference in Georgia’s 24-20 victory. The Cartersville native broke his foot on the play, and was out for the rest of the season.
And heading into his final season at Georgia, Samuel played a behind-the-scenes leadership role as he took reps at fullback, the position he said the scouts have pegged him as a fullback.
“Whatever I have to do to play to get on the field, to help the team, that’s what I would like to do,” Samuel said. “I’m dedicated. I give my all. I’m committed and just serious about it.”