Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Defensive Prospect of the Week:Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

Last week I previewed Patrick Peterson, thought by most to be the top cornerback prospect in the draft. The guy who is putting doubt in the minds of those ranking the cornerback prospects is Prince Amukamara. Prince is a senior for the 7th ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers. His ability to lock down one side of the field has helped Nebraska field one of the better defenses in the country. Amukamara's size, though not as good as Peterson's is still elite. He is 6'1, 205 pounds, excellent size for a corner. He has plus strength, and his quick feet allow him to play tight man coverage. The Prince is better suited for man coverage, but he is a capable zone corner also. Last year he recorded 64 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 INTs, and 11 pass breakups. This year he has yet to record an interception, but he is being thrown at much less.

Prince will most likely be the second cornerback taken in the 2011 NFL Draft by a team looking for a physical, man-to-man corner. The only thing that separates him and Peterson is Peterson's slightly better size and speed, but if Prince can continue to dominate on the field he has a chance to surpass Peterson as the top cornerback prospect. You can watch Amukamara tomorrow night as Nebraska takes on Kansas State.

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