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Chargers select FSU CB Asante Samuel Jr. with the 47th pick

Brandon Staley gets his man corner!

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With the 47th-overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, the Chargers selected cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. out of Florida State.

With plenty of talented players still left on the board, the Bolts managed to land another phenomenal talent at both a crucial need for the team and a premium position in today’s NFL. The 5’10, 180-pound Samuel may be considered undersized by some, but he was by far the best man coverage corner left on the board and there was no way Brandon Staley was going to pass on a perfect pick for his defense.

As a true sophomore in 2019, he led the Seminoles with 14 pass breakups and a lone interception in 12 starts. In eight starts during the 2020 season, he finished with a team-high three interceptions and six more pass breakups before opting out for the rest of the season.

One day after landing offensive tackle Rashawn Slater — a prospect many thought wouldn’t fall to No. 13 — they’ve now have landed another excellent player many thought to be off the board by No. 47. For reference, Samuel was selected with the No. 30 pick in the SB Nation mock draft.