The 2010 NFL Draft is only a few days away, but Iowa's Amari Spievey already has a good idea which teams will be going after him.
Spievey has a chance to continue the trend of successful Hawkeyes' cornerbacks drafted in the third round. Charles Godfrey and Brad Fletcher were Iowa players also drafted to the NFL in the third round.
At the NFL Scouting Combine, Spievey was in high demand with 15 formal interviews with teams like the Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since then, he has had private workouts with Tampa, Indianapolis and Chicago.
Tampa Bay has four picks to utilize in the first three rounds, and all indications point to the them using one of those on Spievey. The Hawkeyes' corner back could be the Bucs' second pick in the second round.
The Falcons are also very interested in "The Glove," and it has been rumored they could go after him early. He is also a great fit for a Colts' defensive schema, where he could play with former Hawkeyes' player Bob Sanders.
Spievey is jockeying for position amongst several cornerbacks in the draft, including Domonique Franks, Perrish Cox, Chris Cook and Jerome Murphy. He has an impressive combination of size, height and athleticism for the cornerback position, and possesses very good ball skills.
Since everyone is a draft expert this time of year (myself included), let's see what some of the actual experts are saying about Spievey.
"I'll put it this way. At this age he's way ahead of Brad Fletcher."
- Kirk Ferentz, Iowa Hawkeyes Head Coach
“I think he can be, since we’ve been here, the best corner we’ve ever had.”
- Norm Parker, Iowa Hawkeyes Defensive Coordinator
"Probably a mid-round pick. I think that is a good projection for him. He's viewed a bit like Charles Godfrey in that he could be a combo corner/safety. He is athletic enough with the measureable to play corner, free safety, and special teams. I think he is probably a fourth or fifth round guy."
- Paul Burmeister, NFL Network Analyst
"Amari Spievey is not a risk taker, as he plays with sound technique and rarely gives up the big play."
- Mel Kiper, ESPN NFL Analyst
"One phrase I keep seeing and hearing in regards to [Spievey] is 'shutdown corner' which is one of the ultimate compliments a corner can get."
- Ed Thompson, Scout Senior NFL Analyst
"Spievey created some buzz [for himself] at the NFL scouting combine."
- Aaron Wilson, National Footbal Post Analyst
"Spievey might have been the only true shut-down cornerback in the Big Ten in 2009. A few others had sexier stats, but Spievey was barely challenged and still recorded 56 tackles, two interceptions and 10 passes defended."
- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Big Ten Blogger
“He’s got really good ball skills. His tackling has improved a lot at Iowa from where he started. He’s the kind of guy that has a lot of upside. Some team could maybe reach on him a little bit based on his upside.”
- Scott Porter, SidelineScouting.net Analyst