2011 NFL Draft Results: 5 Reasons Prince Amukamara Makes Sense for NY Giants
Amukamara is in the top tier in cornerbacks in the draft class, along with Patrick Peterson and Jimmy Smith.
Amukamara has proven that he can play a physical NFL style of cornerback, he effectively jammed receivers off the line and should be able to adjust well to bump-and-run coverage.
Amukamara will also contribute to the run defense. He identifies runs quickly and contains the outside and slips off receiver blocks easily.
5. The Giants Aren't as Strong at Cornerback as People Think
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Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas and Aaron Ross are all starting quality NFL cornerbacks. Yet none of them are true shutdown corners.
The Giants' secondary benefits from a superb pass rush coming off of the offensive line. As Da'Quan Bowers fell down the draft board, Giants fans could almost see Jerry Reese taking another defensive end.
Now that the Giants have their front seven intact, Reese felt like he could try to build a defense behind it. The current starters capitalize on the line's success.
Amukamara can make his own plays and cover for the line when they don't get to the quarterback.
4. The Front Office Was Surprised so Many Offensive Linemen Were off the Board
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The New York Giants are aging along the offensive line and the front office was likely hoping either Mike Pouncey or Nate Solder would still be available at pick No. 19.
When Solder went at No. 18, the Giants had to scramble and used every second on the clock to decide how to readjust their strategy.
They were likely considering a number of other prospects, including Mark Ingram (RB, Alabama) and Da'Quan Bowers (DE, Clemson). Amukamara was the best player available.
Although the Giants are weakest along their offensive line, the players they felt would have helped them most were gone. Jerry Reese has proven he is not one to reach for players.
3. The Giants Are Facing Great Passing Attacks in 2011
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The NFC East is a strong division with strong offenses. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin give opponents of the Philadelphia Eagles fits. If the Giants could put a single corner on each player, it would open up the rest of the defense to concentrate on Michael Vick.
Tony Romo also heads up one of the top passing offenses in the NFL for Dallas. The Giants will play Dallas and Philadelphia twice this season. They will also have to face up against Drew Brees and the Saints and Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Amukamara gives the Giants another player to shut down the top receivers on opposing teams.
2. Now, the Giants Might Have the Best Corners in the League
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Aaron Ross. Terrell Thomas. Corey Webster. Prince Amukamara. The Giants will have the best four corners in the league and can match up with any set of wide receivers opponents put on the field.
Each corner has a different set of strengths that will match up better against certain teams. Amukamara is a bump-and-run guy who can cover virtually anybody on the field. Thomas, Webster and Ross have all proven at different points in their career that they can be No. 1 cornerbacks.
Amukamara can push each receiver down a spot and make the position deep enough to sustain injuries.
1. Jerry Reese Picks Based on Value
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As soon as Solder was off the board, Giants fans knew to expect the unexpected. Jerry Reese has proven time and time again in his career that he does not draft based on positional need.
The strategy generally works out for the Giants. Teams should consider whether they would rather have an odds-on starter, regardless of position, or a potential flop in a position of need.
The Giants are lucky to have a GM who understands the game as well as Reese. Last year, the Giants took Jason Pierre-Paul in the first round. Defensive end was already their strongest position, but Pierre-Paul showed flashes of brilliance last year and few fans are questioning the pick.
If the Giants picked a linebacker this year (or last) and he sat on the bench, the pick might go over better in the media, but the pick wouldn't make the Giants a better team.