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Amukamara puts to rest issues with his speed

Posted on: March 1, 2011 10:40 am
Edited on: March 1, 2011 10:42 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Prince Amukamara,'s second-highest rated cornerback and 10th-overall prospect, was the unquestioned star of the early defensive backs who ran the 40, posting an impressive (albeit unofficial) pair of times on Tuesday at the combine. On Amukamara's first run, he ran the 40 in 4.37 seconds, and in the second attempt, 4.44.

The biggest knock on Amukamara was his speed -- that probably shouldn't be a problem anymore.

As Chad Reuter notes, there are "still concerns about his recovery speed" but "in the right system" Amukamara will be a star.

Currently, Rob Rang has Amukamara being drafted by Dallas at ninth overall, while Reuter sees him going 11th to the Houston Texans.

If he continues to perform like he did this morning, there's a decent chance he won't even last that long -- someone like San Francisco could certainly make a play before he falls to the Texas teams.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:06 pm

Amukamara puts to rest issues with his speed

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:18 pm
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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:47 pm

Amukamara puts to rest issues with his speed

Right. Deion Sanders didn't have the best speed....he had the second best speed right behind Darrell Green. He relied on speed more than instincts. He would have been the greatest corner of all time expect for his "instinct" to get out of the way of the guy with the ball rather than hit or tackle.

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2011 12:37 pm

Amukamara puts to rest issues with his speed

Deion Sanders didn't have great speed?  The guy has been reported to have ran a 4.17 (Not sure if it is true but he definately ran a 4.2.  I know that this is not the argument but I just had to correct that because the basis of your argument was that speed was not that important.  Guys like Deion, Bailey, C. Wood, Aso. these guys were all 4.3 or lower guys.  Speed is very important when a guy is able to come of the line and run right by you.  I do ahree that instict are very important, but if you show me a CB that runs a 4.5 but has good instincts, I will show you a guy that is contantly reading the name of the WRs Jersey

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2011 6:22 pm

Amukamara puts to rest issues with his speed

All of these guys are hooked on speed, speed, speed. It's not always about just Speed. It's also about instincts. Do you play Man or Zone. It's also about being in the right position on the field. Remember, Dion (spelling?) Sanders didn't have the best speed, but he had great instincts and now he's in the HOF. No one really knows how these speed guys will take their game to the next level. They will be facing All-Pro wide receivers even if they manage to get on the same field in their first year in the NFL.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2011 4:09 pm

Amukamara puts to rest issues with his speed

If players like Revis and Namdhi come around "once in a generation", why are they currently playing within the same generation?

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 4:07 pm

Amukamara puts to rest issues with his speed

Not sure you only get Shutdown corners "once in a generation"  Asomugha, Bailey, Revis....and a few others are all in this generation but you are definetely right about these kids always being hyped as the next "shutdown corner"  
On another subject, it looks like Denver ended up with the best part of that Bailey for Portis trade huh?  Portis has been released and Bailey signs an extension... game set match.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 12:11 am

Amukamara puts to rest issues with his speed

Every year its the same thing with the top 2 cornerbacks.  They get hyped up after the combine and when they get drafted they are burned.  Both Peterson and Amukamara are going to be good corners.  But Revis type cornerbacks I dont see it.  Cornerbacks like Revis and Nnamdi are truly rare and come around once in a generation.  So good luck to whoever takes these two guys and break the bank on them.  Moreover, the Patriots rookie cornerback from Rutgers was good last season but he is not even as good as Terrell Thomas from the Giants.  So Patriots fans suck it.  We bumped you out of the playoffs in your house.  We will continue to own you and your low budget squad. 

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2011 9:37 pm

Amukamara puts to rest issues with his speed

Nice loss in the playoffs!!

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2011 9:24 pm

Amukamara puts to rest issues with his speed

People seem to forget the Patriots have more picks then they no what to do with and that being said the can get a top 1 through 5 pick if the chose to and that is'nt bad to team Devon up with Amuk, we'd still have about 6 picks left even after trading are 3 tops ones away to move up so the jets better watch what the do since they have'nt made it to the big one only the Big Mouth!

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