Dan Samuelson- Plymouth, IN (Plymouth)
Michigan picked up a commitment from 2013 offensive lineman Dan Samuelson Saturday afternoon. Wolverine247 analyzes the film of Michigan’s most recent commit.
Hometown: Plymouth, Indiana
High school: Plymouth
Ranking: Three-star offensive guard, 89 overall grade
Samuelson has a great frame at 6-foot-5, 290-pounds and doesn’t look to carry a lot of extra weight, allowing him to move well on pulls and screens. Samuelson does a nice job firing off the football and striking his opponent first when run blocking. He is able to turn opposing defensive lineman, showing good overall strength, particularly in his upper body. Samuelson shows proper hand placement and a good initial punch. He does an excellent job of staying engaged with defensive lineman once he has them, and finishes blocks off. As he shows in his highlight film, Samuelson has the ability to drive defenders into the ground and completely eliminate them from the play. Samuelson’s strengths correlate well to the run game and he should be a good fit at the guard position, as Michigan looks to move towards a heavier run game in the future.
Samuelson looks to have what it takes to be a very productive offensive lineman at the next level, but there is always room for improvements. Samuelson’s team does not throw the football a whole lot so he doesn’t have a ton of work in pass sets. Lateral quickness, allowing Samuelson to stay in front of defenders in the passing game is an area to improve upon. I would also like to see Samuelson a little more aggressive at the point of attack and with more aggressive with his hands, although he does have well above average technique.