This years group of cornerback prospects is headed by LSU’ Patrick Peterson but some feel that the Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara isn’t that far behind. As of now, those two player sit atop this years list of defensive backs but as ESPN’s K.C. Joyner points out, Amukamara’s draft stock could be a lot higher than it should be.
Joyner notes that Amukamara’s play against the top competition was pretty poor in 2010.
“Consider that an 8.7 total YPA ranked Cleveland Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown tied for 70th out of 98 qualifying cornerbacks in that metric last year. It is far from an elite mark and Amukamara posted the same mark against collegiate-level competition,” writes Joyner.
This is definitely something that teams should really consider if they have any amount interest in drafting Prince within the top 13 picks. As NFL corner back, you’re going to be up against the top competition each and every week which is why his play against the best collegian players is a worthy consideration.
“The bottom line is that Smith and Harris both played better than Amukamara against top-level competition in college. That is a strong indicator they will perform better at the pro level and is why they should both be picked ahead of Amukamara on draft day,” Joyner writes.