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David Amerson | Cornerback

Team: North Carolina State Wolfpack
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 193

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Redskins selected North Carolina State CB David Amerson with the No. 51 overall pick.
Amerson (6-1, 205) set an ACC record with 13 interceptions as a sophomore before his play slipped precipitously as a junior. He still intercepted five balls, but "probably gave up more vertical touchdowns passes than any corner I've ever seen in my life," NFL Network's Mike Mayock has stated. Amerson ran 4.44 at the Combine with a 35.5-inch vertical, but doesn't look nearly that fast or athletic on tape. He has slow feet, stiff hips, and zero experience as a press corner. He's an off-coverage corner with a gambling mentality. Amerson could even compete for the starting free safety job with the Redskins. Fri, Apr 26, 2013 07:53:00 PM

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NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes NC State CB David Amerson is a "boom or bust" kind of prospect.

"Junior year, 13 interceptions," Mayock said. "Senior year, probably gave up more vertical touchdowns passes than any corner I have ever seen in my life." Mayock said the puzzle is to figure out which corner you are getting, and that Amerson has some of the worst eye discipline he has seen, meaning he didn't trust what he saw in front of him. Amerson actually declared early for April's draft, but we agree with the rest of Mayock's points.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 10:08:00 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes David Amerson's tape shows "a Day 3 prospect in my eyes."

"His combine performance would seem to suggest otherwise," Weidl writes. Amerson "doesn't translate those numbers to the field, and there are also questions about his mental toughness and ability to bounce back from mistakes."
Source: ESPN
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 11:20:00 AM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes NC State cornerback David Amerson could sneak into the first round.

Mayock says Amerson "opened some eyes" at the combine after running a 4.44 40-yard dash. We find it hard to believe that Amerson goes in the first because despite his speed, he struggles to transition when beaten. He's tight in the hips and has slow feet.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 06:35:00 PM

NC State CB David Amerson ran an unofficial 4.38 forty at the NFL Combine.

His top 10 yard split clocked in at 1.52 seconds. This is a lot more straight-line speed than was expected for Amerson, but his slow hips and feet in transition is where the Wolfpack corner struggles. A second day pick could be in Amerson's future.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 10:55:00 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes North Carolina State CB David Amerson will be a second-day draft choice in April.

Kiper grouped Amerson in with draft-eligible cornerbacks, suggesting he doesn't believe the junior draft-eligible will convert to safety. "David Amerson from N.C. State had a high grade earlier in the year," Kiper said. "Was beaten far too much for my liking and others. He's dropped into that second or third-round mix."
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 12:28:00 PM

NC State junior CB David Amerson will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

Amerson obviously put forth a great sophomore season, leading the nation in interceptions while undercutting plenty of passes in zone coverage. However, it was immediately apparent this season that he lacks the hip turn and trail speed to stick with vertical receivers. Amerson will likely appeal to certain schemes at corner, but don't discount a possible move to safety, although his tackling is questionable.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 01:41:00 PM

NC State junior DB David Amerson tweeted that he has not made a decision on his NFL future.

A report circulated last week that Amerson had decided to jump to the NFL rather than return to Raleigh for his senior season. "I have not came to any conclusions, just to kill that," Amerson wrote. The junior would be an interesting case throughout the process, as teams will likely disagree heavily on his rank and a possible position switch.
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 08:53:00 AM

Sports Illustrated's Josh Sanchez is reporting that NC State junior CB David Amerson will enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

"He is ready to make the move and there isn't much anyone can do to convince him to stay," a source told SI's FanSided. Amerson was exposed this season vertically, failing to show the ability to flip his hips and keep up with receivers downfield. He may end up switching positions to safety or act as a primarily zone corner.
Source: Fansided
Fri, Nov 30, 2012 09:25:00 PM

After analyzing his week five performance, SI's Tony Pauline reiterated that NC State junior CB David Amerson's continues to slide down draft boards.

Pauline cites Amerson's involvement in two long touchdown passes and the corner's questionable decisions on another two. The junior's 13 interceptions last season over shot his actual skills in coverage, since Amerson lacks quick footwork and fails to spin his hips and run with receivers in time. Still, we are intrigued by a possible conversion to safety since Amerson can definitely play the ball in the air, but we won't worry about an evaluation until he actually declares.
Mon, Oct 1, 2012 11:36:00 AM

Former NFL personnel man Russ Lande listed NC State junior David Amerson as his fourth best draft-eligible CB.

Lande calls Amerson a top athlete with great hands and body control to intercept passes but questions the junior's acceleration and top end speed, which may limit his effectiveness against downfield targets. Some scouts have apparently told Lande that a move to safety may benefit Amerson in the long run, and the Wolfpack corner is currently projected as a second-round pick.
Thu, Sep 20, 2012 10:53:00 AM

NFL Network draft analyst Chad Reuter compared NC State junior cornerback David Amerson to the Philadelphia Eagles' Nnamdi Asomugha.

This is certainly high praise for Amerson after coming off a 13 interception season while displaying "receiver-like" ball skills. Reuter admits some project Amerson to safety because of his size, but his length will tempt scouts that are looking for lock-down cornerbacks. Amerson leads Reuter's list of the top draft-eligible cornerback prospects, followed by Alabama junior Dee Milliner and LSU junior Tyrann Mathieu.
Fri, Jul 13, 2012 09:40:00 AM

SI's Tony Pauline attached a third-round grade to NC State junior DB David Amerson heading into the 2012 season.

Pauline warns that Amerson is "not as good as his stats would lend one to believe." Throughout the summer we have seen Amerson repeatedly rated among the top-twenty draft-eligible prospects, so Pauline's grade stands out as the minority. However, it is easy to look at a field cornerback that intercepted 12 passes last season as evidence of his skill, so it will be interesting to see if the general opinion changes if Amerson does not come close to achieving those same numbers this year. Pauline does list the 6'3/185 pound "opportunistic" defensive back at corner, but others claim his best option in the NFL is at safety.
Thu, Jul 5, 2012 01:09:00 PM

David Amerson intercepted two passes and returned one 65 yards for a touchdown in North Carolina State’s 31-24 win over Louisville in the Belk Bowl.

The sophomore corner added to his school and ACC records with the two picks, which gave him 13 on the season. The figure leads the nation and his 2 INT returns for touchdowns are tied for the lead. Amerson, who picked off two passes four times this season, had 205 return yards. Earlier this month, he was named the Jack Tatum Award winner as the nation’s top defensive back.
Wed, Dec 28, 2011 09:15:00 AM

North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson was named winner of the Jack Tatum Award given to the nation’s top defensive back.

If not for the Wolfpack’s middling (7-5) season, Amerson’s feats certainly would have attracted more national headlines. He leads the nation with 11 interceptions, a total that represents new school and ACC records. The sophomore, who returned one of those picks for a TD and totaled 140 returns yards, also had 54 tackles.
Tue, Dec 6, 2011 11:53:00 AM