Prince Amukamara is also garnering top 10 consideration in April’s draft. HIs combine numbers were fairly similar to that of Patrick Peterson – 6’0, 206 pounds, 38″ vertical and 15 reps in the bench.
One thing that scares some scouts about Amukamara is the fact that he did not record a single interception in 2010 – his 5 career interceptions all came in his Junior campaign. With that said, he did have 13 pass break ups as a Senior, but in the NFL you are going to want to create more of those into turnovers.
Prince plays more physical than Peterson, but may not be as good of a slot cover corner. He has smooth, quick hips that allow him to burst out of his t-step and break on the ball. He plays with a good overall awareness and jumps routes with pretty good timing. He can read and react to the flat quickly and disrupt the screen game and quick bubbles. He is also a sure tackler that rarely ever gives up extra yards after the catch. When Prince gets in trouble, it is typically because he is high and leaning back in the his back pedal. If he can play with the same consistent technique throughout an entire game, he will have a very successful career in the NFL.
Prince stepped up against fellow draft prospect Jake Locker, when Nebraska held him to only 71 yards and 2 interceptions. He didn’t play so well against next years top WR prospect, Justin Blackmon from Oklahoma State. Blackmon posted 5 catches for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns.