Recapping Bengals 5th Round Draftees

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October 8, 2011; State College, PA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Shaun Prater (28) intercepts a pass during second quarter action against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-US PRESSWIRE


When NFL teams make draft picks in rounds 4-7, they are picking players with a different mindset than they do in round 1-3. They look for players who can contribute in the special teams game. You will see a lot of defensive backs, outside linebackers, and quicker defensive linemen who can get down the field quickly to make a play. The Bengals went with that exact formula.


Round 5, Pick 21 (156)- Shaun Prater, Cornerback, Iowa

Shaun Prater has average size speed for a cornerback measuring in at 5’10. He ran a 4.52 at the combine with 14 bench press reps. His tackling abilities are above average, and that is what got the Bengals interested in him.

Prater has an act for getting to the ball always going for the interception. In a way, this has hurt him. Always looking for the interception has cost him to give up some big plays for the Hawkeye defense.

He comes from the University of Iowa where he was coached by Kirk Ferentz. Ferentz is a former AFC North coach when he was with the Browns and now is a highly respected coach at the college level. Ferentz is known for producing quality NFL players.


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