Scouting Report | Dru Samia, G, Oklahoma

03/18/2019
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Background

  • Attended River City High School in Sacramento, California
  • Samia’s father and two uncles played offensive line at Southern Oregon University, including his uncle Gilbert, who was an All-Conference selection in 1993.
  • Wears No. 75 in honor of his uncle Gilbert, who took Samia under his wing and trained him his entire life. Considers him his big brother.
  • Prior to senior year got a tattoo that took 15 hours to represent his Samoan heritage.
  • Ejected from November 25, 2017 game versus West Virginia for throwing a punch.

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Athletic Background

High school

  • 6-foot-4, 275 pounds
  • A four-star recruit coming out of high school

College

  • 2018 Big 12 offensive lineman of the year
  • 2018 Don Key award winner. It’s the “highest honor an OU football player can receive while playing for the Sooners. It goes to the player who best exemplifies the many superior qualities of Key, both on the field and in the classroom.”
  • Named to the Polynesian Player of the Year watch list

Injury history

  • Did not play against Iowa State (10/7) due to an undisclosed injury

Film Reviewed

  • 2018
    • Alabama
    • Baylor
    • FAU
    • Iowa State
    • Texas
    • TCU
    • Texas Tech
    • UCLA
    • West Virginia
  • 2017
    • Georgia
    • Ohio State

Measurables

  • Year: Senior
  • Height: 6′ 5″
  • Weight: 303 pounds
  • Official 40 time: UNK
  • Hand size: UNK

Anyone who doesn’t start off their scouting report by saying that guard Dru Samia plays with a mean streak has already failed to pinpoint his most dominant trait. He is an alpha who doesn’t back down from anyone. Sure, the entire line plays with that mentality, but Samia is on another level. He is probably the least-heralded guy on the Sooners’ offensive line, but when you turn the film on he stands out, and it starts with his attitude. He plays as if he hates anyone in an opposing jersey and will punish them through the whistle.  You can see him executing a ‘swipe’ block on the nose tackle below, and even though he has won the block and the defender is falling down, he sends a message.

I have never seen any NFL player or draft prospect treat people as badly as he does when he steps onto the field (and I love it). He demoralizes defenders regularly as if he is avenging his Sensei’s death. Below, you will see him smoothly pick up the interior stunt, then throw the defender out of the dojo.

But to play in the National Football League, you have to be smart; Samia is. He’s played in 52 games over the course of his career, including 48 starts, so he has played against just about every defensive front. He is able to process run fits on the fly, which is something that not many college offensive linemen are able to do when entering the league. Here the Sooners run a wide zone run to the offense’s right, but Samia is uncovered. He runs his zone run track, and as the linebacker fast flows wide, he knows he now has to overtake the block on the edge defender, so his teammate can pick up the fast flow linebacker. He makes it look easy but finishes the block like a lineman should.

https://vimeo.com/310933119

You see a similar play here against Ohio State, but this time the linebacker is playing from the outside in. The edge defender flows wide to set the edge and the linebacker flashes inside, but Samia sees him from a mile away. He goes through his normal zone footwork, then sees the threat, climbs and locks on.

Samia exhibits good footwork and angles on zone runs and can routinely execute reach blocks within the correct timing of the play.

Here Samia is tasked with sealing off the backside of a zone run, a play where if he is not quick off the ball or on the correct line, the nose tackle will blow the play up. Even with the gap exchange by the nose tackle, he is able to turn the defender out with very little effort.

His football intelligence also shines through on gap runs. On down blocks, combo blocks or double teams he exhibits very good hand placement to angle drive block or to simply widen the hole.

Samia can pick off slanting defensive linemen or a linebacker looking to run through late to disrupt the run on the fly.

He doesn’t look to overpower defenders on down blocks; he wants to use positional leverage, not physical leverage. He will smoothly ‘cut grass’ with his feet until he is in the proper position to wall off the defender, get his inside hand across the defensive lineman, then turn and seal him inside with a strong play-side hand.

As a puller, he is fluid but will approach with high pads at times, which can blow up a play. But that didn’t happen regularly at the collegiate level.

He shows that he is very proficient pulling and carrying out ‘wall’ (kick out) or ‘log’ blocks (turn defender in) efficiently by using rotational force. In my opinion, his ability to torque defenders is one of his strongest traits and is quite possibly the best in this class.

https://vimeo.com/310937050

He knows how to use his body to generate power from his legs, up through his core, up into his hands to turn defenders away from running back entry points.

He is such a crafty player. Look at how he invites the rusher upfield and shoots his hand to get the defender to commit his hands so that Samia can counter by locking on, torquing and steering him wide on the QB draw.

In the passing game, the Sooners ran 43% of the snaps in 2018, so a lot of Samia’s sets were jump sets. Pass sets that allow him to be aggressive, to strike defenders before they could string a series of moves together. Samia is a crafty player in the passing game, and he has to be. Here you see him matched up against Nick Bosa on the jump set. Bosa goes for the long arm and Samia immediately counters with a snatch counter move to throw Bosa off-balance.

The Sooners faced a lot of odd front teams, so he was often left uncovered. Understanding when and who to help became one of his stronger traits. Help techniques are an important skill for any offensive lineman. On this play, he protects the inside gap with a power step, but as the closest defender rushes away, he looks out wide to help the tackle.

Look at how he stunts the initial rush, maintains the depth of the pocket, and then punishes the edge rusher to finish the play.

Pass rushers that are one trick ponies will struggle against this savvy pass blocker. His hand placement isn’t perfect, but because the rusher doesn’t have a plan, Samia grips and stunts the rush.

He demonstrates the ability to refit his hands even when he doesn’t win the initial hand placement.

Samia’s processing of defensive pressures is very strong. He consistently is patient and understands how defenses are going to scheme up pressures on a week to week basis.

He is very cognizant of late rushers from depth or two- or three-man games that include a linebacker.

 

Where you may see Samia struggle on Sundays is versus pass rushers who test his lateral agility. It’s part of the reason that he was moved from right tackle to guard. Here Samia is up against Alabama’s Raekwon Davis, and Davis, a beast of a player, is shaded inside. On the snap, he jumps from the A- to the B-gap and executes a smooth swipe-rip move to win the rep. Murray simply pulls it down and escapes the pocket, but you are able to see Samia’s feet stall, and he even crosses over, which is a big no-no for linemen.

https://vimeo.com/311240610

Bama tested Samia’s lateral agility a lot. The Sooners appear to run a partial slide to their left, which puts Samia up against Bama’s best player, Quinnen Williams. Williams challenges Samia’s inside gap but then uses a violent club to jump outside. Samia is on his toes anticipating power from Williams, and the club throws Samia off-balance, but he manages to recover well enough to hook Williams.

Notice a trend? Alabama boasts several NFL-caliber defensive linemen, and they took it to Samia and the Sooners’ offensive line. You have to expect this to show up at the next level, as Samia will be playing against NFL-caliber linemen every rep; that wasn’t always the case in college. Here Davis uses a hesi-rush wide but then jumps inside and clubs Samia to win the gap.

https://vimeo.com/311247819

Tilting his shoulders, not remaining patient and square could cause some serious struggles at the next level. At times, he will chase defenders and leave inside gaps open. Here he gets help from center Creed Humphrey.

But center or running back help will not always be available. Teams understood where he struggled and routinely attacked him with twists and stunts. The elite teams had success. Here is a TEX stunt by Georgia. The defensive tackle is in a 4i, and this is typically an alert for an offensive lineman to expect some sort of stunt. The defensive tackle penetrates the B-gap with a speed rush, and the defensive end then loops inside. Samia turns his shoulders and is unable to recover as the looper comes inside.

https://vimeo.com/311250413

Another rep against Alabama on which Samia was on the man side of the protection. Davis is again aligned outside Samia and attacks across the face of the guard, testing his lateral abilities. Samia escorts Davis inside a little too far and the looper, Williams, now has a soft edge to attack. He takes QB Kyler Murray‘s head off.

https://vimeo.com/311254656

Samia has a lot of traits that I really love. He is an alpha with a mean streak. Yeah, he surrendered that big hit on Murray, but what did he do? He went right after Williams after the play. He makes his presence known on every single rep, and is the type of guy that you want to bring with you in a fist fight. But he’s not all pit bull; he was coached by one of the best offensive line coaches in the country in Bill Bedenbaugh. So Samia’s technique is clean on zone and gap runs. His hand placement in the run game is on point, can gallop or upkick into combo blocks, create vertical displacement but then smoothly climb to the second level. Him having had a ton of experience having played in meaningful games since his freshman year will be a tremendous selling point, too. He has played against all sorts of defensive fronts and players and held his own. He is smart, can process late movement by the defense in the run and pass game with the best of them.

His play strength will be challenged on Sundays, but he will attempt to overcome that with processing and positional leverage. His anchor is not the best in this class, so strengthening up his back end will be a priority.  Continuing to work on his foot speed and lateral movement will be his number one goal going into the draft process. Teams understood that this was his weakest trait, so they schemed up looks and players who would give him issues, and more times than not, they won. But if he can learn to not chase penetrators, overcommit, but rather stay patient and square, he should be able to overcome some of those inconsistencies.

Overall, I believe Samia is a great third-round value.  He will flourish in an offense that runs an array of run concepts and lots of play action. Play action will maximize his strong jump set ability and allow him to be the aggressor well before a rusher can string together moves.

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