2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

by Cory J. Bonini on April 19, 2011 @ 00:49:18 PDT

 


Nebraska senior cornerback Prince Amukamara enters the 2011 NFL Draft as one of the top-rated players at his position. The former high school star running back has plenty of experience at cornerback and the accolades to acknowledge his successful transition to the defensive side of the ball.

He intercepted five passes as a junior in 2009, but quarterbacks often avoided him last year, which resulted in zero picks on the year.

Strengths

  • Press coverage
  • Hands at the line and as a receiver
  • Versatility
  • Understanding of the game - reads and reacts well
  • Prince Amukamara, draft prospect
    Impressive prospect
    Character
  • Physicality and ability in run support
  • Speed (official 4.38-second 40-yard dash)
  • High upside - a potential shutdown cornerback at the next level
  • Patient and instinctual
  • Size (6-foot, 206 pounds)
  • Sure tackler

Weaknesses

  • A few lapses in big games
  • Sometimes overly aggressive against play-action passing
  • Could improve his ability to disengage a blocker
  • Not as effective in zone coverage

Expected draft placement

Amukamara has the skill set to be a dominant player in the NFL. He is likely to be a top-12 selection in the draft. Teams that could be interested in him (largely dependent on where LSU's Patrick Peterson is drafted): Cincinnati Bengals (No. 4), Arizona Cardinals (No. 5), San Francisco 49ers (No. 7), Dallas Cowboys (No. 9), Washington Redskins (No. 10), Houston Texans (No. 11), Minnesota Vikings (No. 12).

The most likely landing spots for Amukamara are San Francisco, Dallas and Washington. 

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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