4 reasons CB Asante Samuel Jr. could be Steelers pick at 24 in NFL Draft

Asante Samuel Jr. #26 of the Florida State Seminoles (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Asante Samuel Jr. #26 of the Florida State Seminoles (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) /

Strong family bloodlines

I haven’t yet gotten down to the science behind this, but there is something to be said for strong family bloodlines. This is certainly something that Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert love and they have done a terrible job trying to hide. In fact, their last three first-round picks each had prominent family members who were also high-profile NFL athletes.

In 2017, the Steelers took T.J. Watt who had two older brothers in the NFL. His big brother J.J. was a three-time Defensive Player of the Year award winner and widely considered to be one of the greatest defensive players of the past generation. The following year in 2018, Pittsburgh shocked the nation by taking Virginia Tech safety, Terrell Edmunds. Edmunds had one brother already in the NFL, while his younger brother was one of the draft’s most highly-coveted defensive players. In 2019, Pittsburgh traded up for linebacker Devin Bush, whose dad was a long-time NFL safety.

Samuel could be the next in line. His father was a five-time Pro Bowl cornerback and first-team All-Pro player who was a takeaway machine on the Patriots and Eagles. Like it or not, the family bloodlines legitimately mean something for the Steelers. Not only does Asante Samuel Jr. fill a big position of need on the team, but his impressive bloodlines are something Pittsburgh is sure to covet.