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Steelers pick Jaylen Samuels, the 2018 NFL Draft’s most versatile player, has a hard time describing his job

That makes Samuels just like most college kids.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Lots of people have jobs that are hard to describe. I’ve been working at SB Nation since 2015, and I still haven’t figured out an efficient way to explain to my great aunt what I actually do at my job 90 percent of the time. You probably know some people who work “in finance,” and kudos to them if they’d ever explained it to you further than that.

Jaylen Samuels is in the same boat. A recent student at NC State, Samuels has been asked to fill a bunch of different roles on his team at work. His boss has had him do so many different things that it’s impossible, at this point, to remember what his job was in the first place. When people have asked Samuels what he does, he’s struggled to answer.

Samuels plays football. He was the Steelers’ fifth-round pick, No. 165 overall. In high school, he bounced between running back, receiver, tight end, and wildcat quarterback. At NC State, he played a mix of running back, tight end, slot receiver, outside receiver, fullback, and H-back. He’s entering the league now, and he’s having as tricky a time as ever explaining himself.

“I had a tough time as soon as I got this hoodie, ‘cause a lot of people were saying, ‘Why you got ‘TE’ on?’ Samuels told me at the combine. “It’d be kind of hard some times, but, you know, I just try to go along with it, say I’m an ‘athlete,’ put it like that. Make it easier.”

Samuels is officially a tight end at the combine, though he plans to work out some with other position groups after that. The Wolfpack listed him as an H-back, a hybrid position that borrows some from tight ends, fullbacks, running backs, and receivers. He weighed in at 225 pounds at the combine, about 28 pounds lighter than the average tight end.

Samuels expects to play running back when all’s said and done.

He’s NC State’s all-time receptions leader, and he’s a tight end at the combine. But he has plenty of ball-carrying experience. He averaged 6.1 yards on 181 carries across four college seasons, to go with 202 catches for a 9.2-yard average. Of Samuels’ 2,958 scrimmage yards for the Wolfpack, 1,103 (37 percent) were on runs. So were 28 of his 47 touchdowns.

The closest thing Samuels has to an NFL model is Ty Montgomery, the former Packers receiver whom the team converted to running back in 2016. When he was drafted in 2015, Montgomery was a physical oddity for the league, having checked in at the combine at an even 6 feet and 221 pounds. At 5’11 and 225, Samuels would be an anomaly as either a full-time receiver or tight end, so it makes sense that he’ll head to the backfield.

“It’s not tough,” Samuels said. “I see myself as a running back at the next level. That’s what a lot of teams see me as. I’ll do whatever it takes.”

To the point of how unusual it would be for Samuels to make a career as a wide receiver: In 2017, there wasn’t a single player listed as a receiver who caught a pass at under 6 feet and more than 210 pounds. Oklahoma State’s James Washington — another player drafted by the Steelers — will probably be the next guy to do it as an official receiver. Samuels will likely get spot duties at that position.

Still, the biggest appeal of Samuels is that he’s a Swiss Army knife. The Steelers can will use him in as many ways as possible.

In interviews with teams, he’s talked about lining up anywhere.

“Anywhere on the field,” he said. “They see me as a running back, so I’ll contribute in any way our offensive coordinator wants us to be. Any position, whether it is receiver, split out the backfield, being a running back, whatever.”

That won’t be anything new. If one thing about Samuels’ career has been consistent going back to his high school days in Charlotte, it’s that he’s rarely stayed in one spot for long.

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