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NFL execs skeptical of Nigerian players?

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09:45 AM ET 05.01 | Cornerback Prince Amukamara fell to the Giants at the 19th pick, but he probably should have been a top 10 pick based on talent. What was behind Amukamara's fall? In many draft rooms, the scouts liked Amukamara more than the coaches. The coaches pointed to Amukamara's short arms (30 1/2 inches, 71 1/2 inch wingspan) and small hands (8 1/2 inches). And there may have been more to the story. A lot of NFL people are skeptical about Nigerian players like Amukarma. "And it's not just white men," one executive said. "It's whites and blacks." It's still a subtle form of racism. The word on Nigerians: they are soft, not tough enough and too educated. It would be a pity if that's what cost Amukamara.

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Roger Goodell, Prince Amukamara, Chris Trotman/Getty Images Roger Goodell, Prince Amukamara, Chris Trotman/Getty Images
May 1, 2011  09:48 AM ET

If ya ain't first, you're last

May 1, 2011  09:56 AM ET

Say what? This is what happens when people have just too much time on their hands. They get opinions.

May 1, 2011  09:56 AM ET

Prince will do great in the NFL...He was fun to watch in college play...It has been a weird draft all around..

May 1, 2011  09:58 AM ET

SMALL HANDS? What are they trying to say??

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May 1, 2011  10:01 AM ET

This article is totally stupid. Maybe the needs of the teams persuaded them to draft players of other positions. Racisim card? Bah! Maybe Jesse can get involved with this one. He did a band-em-up job with that whole Duke LaCross thing.

May 1, 2011  10:04 AM ET

Does that mean that Suh last year was discriminated against because he didn't go first...Get a freakin clue people...Quit playing the race card to make a story...

May 1, 2011  10:04 AM ET

Racist ....YES!

May 1, 2011  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Racist ....YES!

but bland...NO

May 1, 2011  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

SMALL HANDS? What are they trying to say??

Well you know what they say about small hands...Tiny pee-pee!

May 1, 2011  10:09 AM ET

It's probably because they all got emails that said they had just won a large sum of money, but had to wire some funds to Nigeria first just to make sure the routing numbers are correct,

May 1, 2011  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Well you know what they say about small hands...Tiny pee-pee!

That's why I insist on buying extra large work gloves at the hardware store...Makes everyone jealous..

May 1, 2011  10:11 AM ET

You know, I can see Goodell with a white hood on his head!

May 1, 2011  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

That's why I insist on buying extra large work gloves at the hardware store...Makes everyone jealous..

Indeed!

May 1, 2011  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It's probably because they all got emails that said they had just won a large sum of money, but had to wire some funds to Nigeria first just to make sure the routing numbers are correct,

Nice!!

May 1, 2011  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It's probably because they all got emails that said they had just won a large sum of money, but had to wire some funds to Nigeria first just to make sure the routing numbers are correct,

Well-played, Sir, well-played.

May 1, 2011  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It's probably because they all got emails that said they had just won a large sum of money, but had to wire some funds to Nigeria first just to make sure the routing numbers are correct,

Everybody's gotta make a livin some how...

May 1, 2011  10:24 AM ET

May 1, 2011  10:33 AM ET

http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/829065-recap-of-round-1-of-the-nfl-dra ft

 
May 1, 2011  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/829065-recap-of-round-1-of-the-nfl-dra ft

Stop interjecting your mindless dribble into other articles...

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