Steelers select Samuels in the fifth round

Jaylen Samuels
Running Back
North Carolina State
6'0, 225
Charlotte, N.C.
Mallard Creek High School
5th Round – 165th Overall


Set the North Carolina State record for receptions in a career (202) and ranked second in school history in total touchdowns (47), fourth in touchdown catches (19) and sixth in touchdown runs (28)…his 47 touchdowns were third-most in the Atlantic Coast Conference...was the only active player in the nation with at least 15 career rushing and 15 career receiving touchdowns, and the first to boast those numbers since at least 2004…caught at least one reception in 41 straight games – the fifth-best active steak in the FBS and a program record.

Invited to play in the 2018 Reese Senior Bowl…started all 13 games…first-team All-Atlantic Coast choice as an all-purpose player…third-team selection by the Associated Press as a tight end…hauled in 76 receptions – the third-best mark in school history…tied Torry Holt's school record with 15 receptions in the season opener…his 12 rushing touchdowns stand seventh in a single-season in school history.

Honored with jersey No. 1...a third-team All-ACC choice by the league's coaches and an honorable mention by media…started 10-of-13 games played…led the team with 55 catches - ninth-best mark in school history…named the MVP in the Indolence Bowl win vs. Vanderbilt, scoring three touchdowns…

A first-team All-ACC performer and a third-team All-American…started 10-of-13 games played…had more receptions (65) than any tight end in the nation…his 65 catches were the fifth-best mark in North Carolina State history…scored 16 total touchdowns (nine rushing / 7 receiving), tying Torry Holt (1998) as the third-best mark in a single-season in school history…earned the Torry Holt Award as the team's most valuable offensive player…scored three touchdowns on four carries in the season opener.

Appeared in 13 games (two starts)…gained 143 rushing yards on 15 carries and added six catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.


Played running back and h-back at Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C) High School…helped lead the team to a 16-0 record and the NC 4AA state title, scoring five total touchdowns (three rushing and two receiving) in the title game…rushed for 1,404 yards on 109 carries and 39 touchdowns as a senior, adding 49 catches for 932 yards and 16 touchdown catches as a senior…a 2013 Associated Press all-state selection and the Charlotte Mecklenburg I-Meck Offensive Player of the Year.

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