Prince Amukamara Aims To Be Fully Involved in the NFL Combine

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NFL Scouts found themselves quite disappointed when news broke that Nebraska Senior Cornerback, Prince Amukamara opted to not participate in the 2011 Senior Bowl. According to CBSSports.com NFL Senior Analyst, Rob Rang, Amukamara expects to fully partake in the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine. Amukamara left a golden opportunity on the table at the Senior Bowl. The stage was set for him to showcase his talents and afford scouts an up close and personal look at his physicality and game speed.

The 2010 season was one of ups and downs for Amukamara. At times, quarterbacks stayed away from him because of his tight-fitting coverage, and at other times his lack of speed was exposed. Midway through the season, Amukamara was faced with a difficult challenge. He was to face off against the later named 2010 Biletnikoff Award Winner, Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State. Blackmon is a physical receiver who excels in making big plays. That day, Blackmon got the best of Amukamara. He finished the game with five catches for 157 yards, and two touchdowns. Before that performance, but especially after, questions arose about Amukamara’s speed. To allow a receiver to average 31.4 yards per catch in a single game is disconcerting.

Amukamara has a lot to prove this offseason. He has a chance to be a top 10 pick, and running a good forty-yard dash at the Combine is the first step to solidifying that. If he runs a mediocre forty, I can envision his stock dropping slightly. Plenty of teams are in need of a number one cornerback, so don’t expect his stock to completely nosedive. No matter what happens, Amukamara is still a first round pick. The questions is, is he a top 10 pick, or a top 20 pick?