2011 NFL Draft: Will Prince Amukamara Fall to the Detroit Lions at Pick No. 13?
The 2011 NFL Draft is filled with talent at the top, but how does Price Amukamara fit into the mix?
When looking over the Detroit Lions roster, there are three main deficiencies that stand out. Those are at linebacker, cornerback and offensive tackle.
Out of those three positions, there are only two players in this year's draft that really stand out, Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller and Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara. If either of those two players can fall to the Lions with the No. 13 pick, this organization would be absolutely ecstatic.
ESPN's Todd McShay believes that Amukamara could fall to the Lions in his latest mock draft.
"This is a dream scenario that allows the Lions to fill their biggest need with a top-10 prospect. Amukamara isn't quite as big as Peterson and is just a notch below in terms of speed and fluidity, but Amukamara has good size and top-end speed and is the most instinctive corner in this class. He's a plug-and-play prospect who would offer an instant upgrade."
McShay said it best—this would be a "dream scenario" for the Lions. They want this guy bad, and if they get him, he could join former Nebraska teammate Ndamukong Suh, who was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year this past season.
As ideal as this would be for Detroit, there is also a good chance that Nebraska's star corner will be gone by the time the Lions pick.
Don Banks of Sport illustrated.com has Detroit selecting Tyron Smith in his mock draft.
"Smith in Indianapolis proved he was big enough (307 pounds) and strong enough (29 reps in the bench press) to vie for the distinction of being the draft's top-rated offensive tackle, and he has already over-taken Colorado's Nate Solder in the eyes of many talent evaluators. Protecting franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford is job one in Detroit this season."
Protecting Stafford is a top priority, that is 100 percent accurate. But if Prince Amukamara is available at this pick, there is no way that the Lions could pass on him.
As important as an offensive lineman would be for this team, an elite corner would be even better. There are only two of them in this draft, Detroit just has to keep their fingers crossed that one of them falls into their hands.
To see my complete mock draft, check it out here.
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