The 2011 NFL Combine has come to a close which now leaves us with a much more clear picture of all the prospects entering April's much anticipated draft. The Combine gives players an opportunity to boast their athletic skills on a national stage through various workouts, as well as get a chance to take the Wonderlic test and possibly participate in interviews.
That being said, teams get a deeper look into their potential draft choices which makes this event crucial for anyone trying to be drafted into the NFL.
Two of the premier players in this year's class are LSU's Patrick Peterson and Nebraska's Prince Amukamara. First off, I'd like to point out that these are the two best cornerbacks available and will most likely be swooped up early in the first round.
In fact, Peterson is widely considered one of the best players at the position to enter the draft in a long time, and possibly since Champ Bailey in 1999. Meanwhile, Amukamara isn't too far behind. It just goes to show how special these two are, and how fortunate a team would be to pick one of them up.
That said, based on what I witnessed during their workouts, here's my evaluation on who had the better outing.
Peterson displayed why he's one of the best all-around athletes in the draft as he came in at 219 lbs., yet ran a 4.34 40-yard dash time. He also added on a 10'6" broad jump, along with a 38-inch vertical leap and 15 reps on the 225 pound bench press. Needless to say, he excelled in all phases, and in my opinion, solidified himself as a top 10, possibly a top five pick.
On a side note, I'd like to add that speculation surrounding a switch to safety has been made, but at the moment, it's more of praise for his versatility rather than a knack at his skills.
As for Amukamara, he proved doubters that his speed wasn't an issue as he clocked a 4.43 on the 40. NFL Network analysts Deion Sanders and Mike Mayock did; however, state that his hips seemed a bit "stiff" in pass coverage. Nevertheless, he seems like a bona fide top 10 pick, as well.
When it comes down to it though, I believe that Peterson won the Combine test and will continue to be rated as the better prospect, thus ultimately being drafted earlier. But as I referenced to earlier, a team should be ecstatic to pick up either one of these future stars.
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