2017 NFL Draft

Shaun Prater, CB

School: Iowa  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Omaha, NE
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 190 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bengals picks: Round 5/156 - Shaun Prater, CB, 5-10, 190, Iowa...The group has a lot of veterans along with Kirkpatrick but Prater's biggest impact this year could come on special teams, where he was a gunner in punt coverage. - The Sports Xchange

01/21/2012 - EAST-WEST SHRINE MONDAY: A pair of Iowa prospects stood out. Despite measuring in at just 5-10 and 185 pounds, cornerback Shaun Prater showed off his quickness and short-area burst, getting his hands on a number of passes in 7-on-7 drills. He had a few dropped interceptions that he should have picked off -- and he knew it by the way he dropped to the ground and grinded out a few pushups following a drop. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/07/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Shaun Prater - Iowa's best defensive player had a solid performance in the opener, including an 89-yard interception return. Prater has seven career interceptions and will be looking to add to that total against Jantz, who threw three picks in his Iowa State debut. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Iowa is reloading on defense after the departures of three productive linemen (Adrian Clayborn, Karl Klug and Christian Ballard) and the top-notch safety tandem of Tyler Sash and Brett Greenwood. The Hawkeyes have five starters back, led by senior cornerback Shaun Prater, who decided against leaving a season early for the NFL. Also back are senior defensive tackle Mike Daniels, senior defensive end Broderick Binns, senior outside linebacker Tyler Nielson and junior safety Micah Hyde. Because of concern at safety, Hyde was moved from cornerback. The Hawkeyes are always opportunistic on defense and have 63 interceptions over the past three seasons. Only Florida (68) has more. - The Sports Xchange

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Shaun Prater, Iowa, CB, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Prater (5-11, 180) intercepted four passes in 2010 and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by league coaches and media. - Iowa football

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Shaun Prater, Iowa, CB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. Prater, an Omaha, Neb., native, was named preseason first team All-Big Ten by Lindy's, Athlon Sports and Phil Steele. Prater (5-11, 180) intercepted four passes in 2010 and was a first team All-Big Ten selection by league coaches and media. - Iowa football

06/24/2011 - The fact that Iowa defensive backs don't play a lot of man converage isn't a deal-breaker for NFL scouts. Still, it's something scouts definitely want to see. Shaun Prater heard it when he submitted his name to the NFL Draft Advisory Board this winter. It's something that's driving him this summer as the Iowa cornerback prepares for his senior season. "When I got back from the evaluation, the experts, the pros, said I haven't worked on any man-to-man coverage, judging the ball, attacking the ball, going up there and getting the ball at the highest point," Prater said. "I try doing all of that. I ask my coaches, is there anything I can work on? I try to attack it every single day." Iowa's scheme in the secondary is based in zone quarters coverage (Cover 4 and Cover 6), allowing defensive backs to keep everything in front of them and keeping the safeties heavily involved in the running game. It forces passes short and to the outside. Iowa secondaries rarely get beat deep and that's a product of the quarters coverage. "We'll play a lot of quarters coverage and a lot of cover 2," said former Hawkeye safety Tyler Sash, who was drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round of April's NFL draft. "When we do send pressure, it's usually zone or zone fires, nothing man usually." Prater said one of the weaknesses he wanted to attack this summer was his man-to-man skills. "We have plays where we can match up man-to-man based on the formation to the field," said Prater, a first-team all-Big Ten pick with four interceptions last season. "If we have a dime or nickel in on third down, we're playing man-to-man. It's a small percentage, but when I'm on the field and doing it, I'd like to be at my best to be a shutdown corner." - Marc Morehouse, The Gazette

05/17/2011 - STARS OF 2011: CB Shaun Prater should be in line for a strong senior season after intercepting four passes and earning first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2010. He considered leaving for the NFL but elected to return. Might be the top cover corner in the Big Ten. - The Sports Xchange


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