Posted April 29, 2011 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Giants get Prince Amukamara!


The NY Giants were a good position and highly ecstatic to be able to sink CB Prince Amukamara for their 19th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft! Amukamara is the second best CB in the draft (Patrick Peterson #5 pick). He is six feet tall and ran a 4.43 40 at the combine. On a sidebar he is of royal blood, and a actual prince of the Kenyan nation. Click on this espn link to see his full college stats. Read some quotes, courtesy espn:

“We’re really surprised that he was there,” said NY Giants GM Jerry Reese, who drafted defense in the first round for the fourth time in his five drafts as general manager. “There were some concerns about his production on the ball this past season because he had more production on the ball the year before. We think he can still play the ball really well and he’s a spectacular, physical player.”

“He will be in the mix in our secondary,” Reese added. “We thought he was a terrific player and we never dreamed that he would be there [at No. 19].”

“There was Prince,” head coach Tom Coughlin said of Amukamara’s dropping to No. 19. “And he was clearly the highest-rated player on the board.”

“I was very surprised that I lasted all the way to 19, just because I thought other teams needed a corner,” Amukamara said. “I’m definitely a physical corner that loves to get in on the run and I use my hands a lot with the wide receivers. I really like to get after the ball.”

“It has royalty to it,” Amukamara said when asked about his first name. “My Dad comes from a royal family where his grandfather was a chief of a village in Nigeria and every son is actually a prince and they get the first name Prince.”

“[I’m] very proud of my heritage,” he added. “My parents are very proud of it too. Right now they are wearing their cultural attire and they love to show it off.”

“You can never have enough cover guys,” Coughlin said. “If you watch the way people play today with the addition of the receivers, they go one, two, three, four, until they figure out what you’re going to cover some of these third, fourth receivers with. The more cover people you have, the better off you’re going to be.”

“This young man is physical, he’s fast, he has very good size, he’s confident, which you have to be as a corner in this league.”