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Shaun Prater

Shaun Prater - #28 - CB

Height: 5-10 1/8
Weight: 190
Speed: 4.51
Arm: 30 3/4
Hand: 8 1/2
Wingspan: 73 1/4
Birthdate: 10/27/1989
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Grade: 5.45

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/19/2012 Iowa Pro Day 5-10 1/4 192 8 5/8 30 3/8 72 3/4 4.53 14 4.25
02/29/2012 Combine 5-10 1/8 190 8 1/2 30 3/4 73 1/4 14
01/16/2012 East-West Shrine 5-10 1/8 185 8 1/2 30 1/2 73 1/4
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 5-9 3/4 181 8 1/2 30 1/2 73 3/4 4.51

 

Notes:

Twin brother, Shane, also signed with the Hawkeyes and is now a receiver at Texas A&M Kingsville. Shaun was a defensive back-receiver as a Nebraska prep. As a true freshman in 2008, was credited with 11 tackles, two pass breakups and zero interceptions in 13 games. Was arrested and charged with OWI (drunk driving) in February ’09 and suspended two games. Started all 10 contests in which he played in the fall, totaling 41-8-2. Sat out against Arkansas State because of a hyperextended knee. In ’10, started all 12 games in which he played and logged 68-6-4 with half a tackle for loss. Sat out the season opener against Eastern Illinois (hamstring). In 13 starts at cornerback in ‘11, recorded 51-3-1 with one tackle for loss, one sack and four forced fumbles. Returned an interception 89 yards for a touchdown against Tennessee Tech in the season opener.

Positives:

Cut-up physique with little body fat. Keys and diagnoses quickly — trusts his eyes and triggers quickly. Sudden athlete — quick-footed with good balance, agility and change of direction. Bends naturally and flips his hips in transition. Outstanding leaping ability — competes in the air and has good ball skills. Disciplined and aware in zone to filter and leverage routes. Unafraid to stick his nose into contact. Highly confident and competitive. Vocal leader. Loves football and has a professional work ethic.

Negatives:

Lacks ideal height and has small hands. Needs to get stronger — cannot jam forcefully and struggles to match up with bigger receivers (can be outmuscled or boxed out). Lacks elite top-end speed to stride vertically with burners. Average recovery burst. Gets wired on blocks. Low tackler. Durability could be an issue given his size and playing style.

Summary:

An athletic, active, feisty cornerback, Prater is quicker than fast and plays bigger than his size. Was used extensively outside in Iowa’s cover-2 scheme but is ideally suited as a nickel slot defender in the pros, and could contribute readily in sub-packages and as a “gunner.”


Shaun Prater's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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