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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Jr. Also Likes Prince Amukamara To Dallas

We’ve been keeping tabs on what the latest iterations of the SB Nation NFL Mock Drafts look like. But let’s turn our attention to the most recognizable name hair in the business — Mel Kiper Jr. ESPN’s senior draft analyst just filed his third mock draft of the season. In versions one and two, Kiper pegged Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara as the Cowboys’ first round draft pick. He had some changes in other parts of his latest mock, but not for Dallas. Here’s what he had to say:

9. Dallas Cowboys
Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

This is a pick I’ve stuck with through the first two mocks. Again, because the mock draft can’t account for draft board trades — the Cowboys could certainly deal down the board, particularly if they target the offensive line — Dallas could do a lot worse than to grab the best pure technician at the corner position. Amukamara should transition quickly, has shown the requisite speed for a top ten pick at the position, and has a really solid frame at 206 pounds. Any whispers that this guy could project better at safety are unfounded. He’s a potential Pro Bowl corner.

I don’t think any Cowboys fan in Big D or around the world would mind one bit if the former Cornhuskers standout’s name was called when the Cowboys pick at No. 9 in this April’s draft. For more NFL Draft coverage, stay tuned here, as well as at Blogging the Boys and Mocking the Draft.

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