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Prince Amukamara: 2011 NFL Draft Prospects

Prince Amukamara

PLAYER PROFILE

Cornerback Prince Amukamara (H: 6’1″ – W: 205 – College: Nebraska)

Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara is a talented cornerback prospect. After a strong 2010 season, Amukamara has enjoyed consistent hype entering the 2011 NFL Draft as a potential early first-round selection.

Amukamara entered Nebraska as a three-star athlete prospect out of Apollo High School in Glendale, Arizona. In high school, he primarily played running back. In his senior year, he rushed for 2,106 yards and 24 touchdowns to go along with 22 receptions for 452 yards and 6 TDs. While playing on defense, he had an exceptional 95 tackles, 2 INTs and 3 FRs.

Displaying a talent for both sides of the ball, Nebraska put him in a reserve role in the defensive secondary as a true freshman. Beginning in his 2008 sophomore year, he has played in every game since then. In 2010, he was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, the second consecutive Nebraska Cornhuskers player to win the award after 2009’s DT Ndamukong Suh. He was also a consensus selection for the 2010 All-American Team.

In his final two seasons at Nebraska, he became a full-time starter. In those games, he totaled 119 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 5 interceptions and 22 pass deflections. He led Nebraska’s defense to the 2010 Big 12 conference championship where they eventually lost in a close, tough game against Oklahoma.

SCOUTING REPORT

Strengths: Athletic cover corner. Good ball skills. Instinctive. Closes on the ball well. Great footwork and technique. Excellent pad level during back pedal. Improved throughout career in press coverage. Good bump and run. Very fluid in all his movements and transitions. Good change of direction and body control. Ideal NFL-size for position. Versatile.

Weaknesses: No big weaknesses. Most pressing concern is he possesses adequate, but not great speed. Will need to run a great 40 at the combine to ease those concerns. Allows receivers to get by him at times and can be beat deep. May be receiving too much media hype as a potential top-10 pick through no fault of his own. Possibly a better fit at free safety.

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