2011 NFL Mock Draft: Is Prince Amukamara a Lock for the 49ers at 7th Overall?

Casey CrailCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2011

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 30: Cornerback Prince Amukamara #21 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers breaks up a pass intended for wide receiver T.J. Moe #28 of the Missouri Tigers during first half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Missouri 31-17. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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It seems that almost every mock draft over the last few weeks has had the San Francisco 49ers drafting Nebraska's All-American cornerback, Prince Amukamara.

At seventh overall, Amukamara is a pretty good value, and by no means an Al Davis-type reach.

Also, Amukamara is very capable of taking over for Nate Clements who has not reached his high expectations since coming from Buffalo. Clements may also be off the roster in general if he does not take the pay cut the Niners requested.

Amukamara could benefit the weak defensive backfield from day one, and perhaps this is the reason why most mocks have him landing with the 49ers.

As far as the likelihood of his availability, there is a pretty decent chance he will be there when San Francisco picks. Depending on when Patrick Peterson is drafted will likely influence when Amukamara is picked.

For instance if Peterson goes first overall as unlikely as it may seem, the Bengals or Cardinals could take Amukamara before the Niners have the chance.

If this were to happen, OLB Von Miller or DE Robert Quinn are potential choices. New defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will likely want a dominate pass rusher in his first year to build around. Either of these players could even be selected with Amukamara on the board.

The 49ers are likely going to be looking defense in the first round because their really only big need on offense would be quarterback, but there is not really a West Coast offense style quarterback with first-round credentials.

Whether its Amukamara, Miller or Quinn, the 49ers will likely add a defensive stud to fill the few wholes outside of quarterback, which they will likely address through free agency or trade at this point.