Monday, February 22, 2010
Big Ten rankings: Amari Spievey, No. 14
By ESPN.com staff
The Big Ten postseason player rankings, based on past performance and future potential, continue with ...
Amari Spievey, CB, Iowa, Jr., 6-0, 190
Preseason rank: 15
Why he's here: Spievey might have been the only true shut-down cornerback in the Big Ten in 2009. A few others had sexier stats, but Spievey was barely challenged and still recorded 56 tackles, two interceptions and 10 passes defended. After announcing he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft, Spievey talked about how he didn't see much action as opposing quarterbacks avoided his side of the field.
After a rocky start to his college career, Spievey was a back-to-back All-Big Ten selection, earning first-team honors from the league's coaches this year. He's a solid tackler who makes plays on the ball and should do very well at the next level. It will be interesting to see if Spievey or Michigan's Donovan Warren is the first Big Ten corner selected in April's draft.