Biography: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior, posting totals of 51 tackles/1 interception/3 pass breakups. Junior numbers included 68/4/6.
Positives: Athletic cornerback who's flashed skill in his game the past two years. Displays a physical nature to his game, quick up the field and voluntarily defends the run and screen passes. Gives effort, shows a burst of speed and the ability to drive to the throw out of his plant. Can stay with receivers out from breaks, has a nice move to the ball and works to get a hand in and defend passes.
Negatives: Marginally instinctive. Loses a sense of where he is in conjunction with the receiver he's covering. Does not get his head back around to locate the pass or properly position himself against opponents.
Analysis: Prater is an athletic prospect who has shown flashes of real potential the past two years. He's a scheme-specific player who would be best in a situation that backs him off the line of scrimmage or places him in zone coverage. An aggressive defender, Prater should also produce on coverage units at the next level.
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