NFL draft: Redskins draft NC State cornerback David Amerson 51st overall

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The Redskins selected N.C. State cornerback David Amerson with the 51st-overall pick Friday night.

Amerson was the fourth defensive back drafted in the second round. Washington chose him over Boise St. cornerback Jamar Taylor and South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger.

Amerson in college developed a reputation as a risk-reward player. He was known for creating turnovers but also giving up big plays. In a teleconference with Redskins media Friday night, he said he too often tried to sit on routes and got caught looking into the backfield last season.

“Just trying to make every play,…taking chances sometimes when I shouldn’t have, losing sight of little fundamentals and things like that,” he said. “So I have to get back to basics.”

Physically, Amerson is a prototypical cornerback at 6-1, 205 pounds. His arm length of 32 5/8” is considered quality, and his hands are big at 10 1/2”. Those attributes help his ball skills. He ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine in 4.44.

As a sophomore, he set an ACC record with 13 interceptions. He had five interceptions last season and was named second team All-ACC. He has special teams experience, primarily as a gunner. He had 19 special teams tackles in his career.

Amerson said he played slot cornerback only in practices.

 

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