The Giants felt they got a steal in the first round when Prince Amukamara slipped to their selection. They’re still waiting to find out if they are correct in that assumption.
Amukamara remains the only first-round pick unsigned by his NFL team with the deal reached today between Nate Solder and the Patriots. Language issues have been the primary reason for the holdup and the Giants have been under the belief that they are close to a deal for almost a week now.
Tom Coughlin even said he thought they’d have the cornerback at practice last night.
On Wednesday, cornerbacks coach Peter Giunta said that he had only met Amukamara briefly, immediately after the draft, and he was looking forward to working with the kid.
“He will have to come in and compete and he will have to spend the extra time studying to get caught up with these guys as far as the mental aspect of the game goes,” Giunta said. “We will start working on his technique and try to grab him as much as we can when he is free. We have some volunteer days when players get the days off and we will try to catch him up as best as we can.”
Safeties coach David Merritt said that cornerback is probably the best position to have a rookie holdout at if you have to have one because it’s more about teaching techniques than studying a playbook. Giunta said there are other things Amukamara will have to get used to in the NFL.
“The speed of the pro game and just how good the quarterbacks are,” he said. “They can put the ball away from your leverage, so he will miss that and the communication. Our language is different than the Nebraska Husker language. The Giants language is so much different and that’s the biggest change for those guys. Learning our language and learning our terminology and learning the nuances of the program like the illegal contact rule. When can you get your hands on and when can you get your hands off. That will be a big adjustment for him.”