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Nebraska's Amukamara could be great pick for 49ers at No. 7 overall

  • Nebraska defensive back Prince Amukamara runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, March 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Nebraska's Prince Amukamara would be the best cornerback in the NFL draft.

In most years.

This year? He's the guy ranked behind The Guy — LSU's Patrick Peterson.

Forget about the cornerback position, Peterson might be the draft's best overall prospect (Amukamara is considered the second-best cornerback).

Peterson won the Thorpe Award, an honor given to the nation's top defensive back (Amukamara was one of the three finalists).

Peterson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds at the NFL Combine (Amukamara came in at 4.43).

At the scouting combine, Amukamara's press conference was held — you guessed it — right after Peterson's.

And, fittingly, this was the first press-conference question lobbed his way: Are you better than Patrick Peterson? Then, a few moments later, a reporter addressed Amukamara as "Patrick."

Sigh.

The 6-foot, 206-pound Amukamara was a first-All American and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year this past season. Quarterbacks completed 18 of 52 passes thrown in his direction. He is, potentially, an elite NFL cornerback. But he's also not you-know-who.


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