Rob Rang of CBSSports.com reports that Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara will participate in all possible drills at the NFL Scouting Combine later this month.
Amukamara is mimicking the approach taken by former college teammate Ndamukong Suh. At the time considered a shoo-in to be drafted first or second overall, Suh had even more to lose than Amukamara. Amukamara is currently viewed as a top-15 prospect.
As noted by Rang, Amukamara was burned by Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon for the majority of Blackmon’s five catches, 157 yards, and two touchdowns in the Cornhuskers’ October 23, 51-41 shootout win over the Cowboys. Amukamara’s effort has reportedly led to “rampant” questions about the cornerback’s “true long speed.”
At the same time, Rang passes along word that “some teams” prefer Amukamara to Patrick Peterson of LSU as a corner prospect.
The general feeling is that Peterson is the No. 1 draft-eligible cornerback, and Amukamara is No. 2. Colorado’s Jimmy Smith, profiled on PFT last Friday, is a good bet to be the third corner drafted this April.
In my mock draft for Rotoworld.com, Amukamara goes 11th overall to the Texans.