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Prince Amukamara's draft diary, Part 10

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By Kevin Fishbain

In the final edition of the draft diary, Prince Amukamara talks to PFW's Kevin Fishbain about his Draft Day experience and being a member of the Giants.

On how he spent his time in New York before the draft began:

It was my first time in New York so I did a lot of first-time things. I rode the subway for the first time and I went to my first baseball game, which happened to be a Yankees game.

On the experience of sliding to No. 19 in the draft and watching from the green room:

I had that Brady Quinn flashback of seeing how he was waiting [in the green room]. I knew the range I was going in. I thought I'd get picked by the 49ers, and then I thought, "OK, Cowboys went well," so then I was thinking Cowboys, then (they didn't pick me). My next thought was the Lions, or the Rams, because the Rams starting showing interest late. I still didn't get a call from them. I knew for a fact that I would have gotten picked by the Buccaneers, so I was just waiting for No. 20. Then I saw the Giants on the clock and a 201 number called me and I answered the phone. The suspense was killing me. I'm sure Cam Newton and other guys had a different type of experience. Before the draft was even open, Cam Newton was already on his phone. But if I had to do it over again, I definitely would. The experience was amazing, just getting up and sharing that moment with my family.

On the cameras and media attention in the green room as he waited:

Any time I picked up my phone to see a text, the cameras would come to my table. Especially when the Cowboys were up, all the cameras were at my table because they just assumed that I would go there. That wasn't the case. It didn't build the pressure, but it made me think, "Ok, this is my time, they're at my table so maybe they know before me."

On his phone call with Giants head coach Tom Coughlin:

I remember smiling and laughing and him saying we're excited to have you as a Giant.

On his first day at the Giants' facility:

I got to meet the defensive coordinator [Perry Fewell] and all the defensive coaches. I met Coughlin, [GM Jerry] Reese and everyone involved with the program. I wasn't allowed to take a playbook home. It was my first time meeting everybody so I was just going around and shaking everyone's hands.

On what it will be like to face the three college teammates who were drafted by the Redskins two times a year:

I'm definitely excited to see them. I'm sure Niles [Paul, a wide receiver] is going to compete for a spot up there and I'm going to compete for a spot with the Giants. It would be cool if one day we're out there going against each other just like we did in practice. It's always fun playing against former teammates and seeing them again.

On what he's doing next:

I'm in limbo right now. I'm unemployed so all I can do is work out where I'm at now. As soon as everything gets taken care of I'll know the type of lifestyle I'll live and where I'll live. It just depends on when everything gets settled.

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