“With the nineteenth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select.....Prince Amukamara, defensive back, the University of Nebraska.”
A unanimous All-American and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Amukamara had to wait a little longer than expected on Thursday night. Actually it was about 123 minutes into the draft and nearly six spots lower than most projected.
Considered a physical corner, often being compared to Darelle Revis for his style of play, Amukamara registered 59 tackles and one sack in 2010, also collecting a team high 13 pass deflections.
Prince Amukamara was a unanimous All-American.
“Amukamara was a crazy value there,” said NFL Fox/Scout.com analyst John Crist. “He could have gone as high at No. 7. The Giants have safeties, but corner is an issue. We know that team can rush the passer. I like it.”
Many expected Amukamara to go too Detroit at No. 13 overall, but after Alabama’s Nick Farley fell out of the top ten, the Lions decided to continue bolstering their defensive line.
“Prince was one of those players that I privately stewed over for not ranking him higher out of high school, or ranking him as a corner,” said FoxSports/Scout.com West Coast Regional Manager Brandon Huffman. “He was a good, solid HS back, but never showed that “holy wow” factor as a running back.
“Then you watch him as a corner in college and see how natural he looked and how well he played and thought, if we could have seen more of him as a corner in high school, he’d have been a guy who’d have been ranked high and his production in college wouldn’t have been as much of a surprise. Neither of the in-state schools offered him, surprisingly. I bet they wish they had a do-ever.”
Amukamara was the second corner drafted on Thursday night and 5th player from the Big 12 conference.
"Prince is very deserving of being a first-round selection," Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini said. "He has worked hard to get to this point in his career and this is a great reward for Prince and his family. In my opinion, he has the all the tools to be an outstanding pro, and I know he will be a great member of the Giants organization."
Amukamara is the 34th all-time first-round draft selection in Nebraska school history. His first-round selection gives Nebraska a first-round pick for the second consecutive year, after Ndamukong Suh was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft. This marks the first time Nebraska has had first-round picks in back-to-back years since 1997 (Michael Booker) and 1998 (Grant Wistrom, Jason Peter).
In addition to his on-field success, Amukamara graduated in December of 2010, completing his sociology degree in just seven semesters.
***Parts of this report came from the Nebraska Media Relations Department***