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Amukamara embraces defensive side

The man who is revered in a Nigerian village and is on the cusp of NFL millions eats at a Cracker Barrel off Interstate 80. It's not exactly Prince Amukamara's demographic -- the place is hopping with senior citizens just after 11 o'clock on a Friday morning -- and country music twangs over the speakers as he maneuvers his way around porcelain trinkets and a rack of Statler Brothers CDs. But he likes it here. Amukamara orders without glancing at the menu: Momma's pancakes, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage. "I always get the same thing," he says.

In a 45-minute span, between two glasses of ice water and two ill-advised slatherings of maple syrup on meat, exactly zero people approach Amukamara for an autograph. Maybe in Cornhuskers territory, they're getting used to having defensive heroes roaming around town. A year ago, Ndamukong Suh went No. 2 overall in the NFL draft, and in between terrorizing quarterbacks in Detroit, the 305-pound defensive tackle made occasional trips back to his alma mater to say hey.

ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill profiles Amukamara, the man many Detroit Lions fans are hoping is still available when the team is on the clock at No. 13 in next month's draft.