In a draft loaded with defensive back talent, Iowa's Shaun Prater is going significantly overlooked. Thanks to SEC players such as Morris Claiborne, Dre Kirkpatrick and Stephon Gilmore, Big Ten players other than Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard aren't getting as much recognition.
Despite the underexposure, Prater is still expected to go in the middle or later parts of round three. Prior to 2011 he had a solid career in picking off six passes, defending 19 passes and collecting 109 tackles between 2009 and 2010.
This past season, Prater was not nearly challenged as much because of his previous success. He still managed to record 51 tackles and snag one pick (which he returned for a TD).
Because of not getting as many looks, Prater had to help more with run support. As a result, he forced four fumbles and was arguably Iowa's best edge run defender on a mediocre (at best) defense.
His ability to change the look and disguise of the coverage is perhaps Prater's best football trait.
In turn, that translates into a high football IQ, awareness and knack for quickly dissecting/reading plays at the snap. Receivers have a tough time blocking on him because of Prater's reactionary skills, so he'll work well for anyone in the pro.
After the Shrine game, it wouldn't be surprising to see him increase to an mid/early second-rounder.