The Washington Times - November 1, 2013, 09:55AM

As close friends and high school rivals who grew up in Greensboro, N.C., David Amerson and Keenan Allen figured it would be only logical to throw an NFL draft party together, gathering all their friends and family members to celebrate both players’ success.

Amerson, a cornerback at N.C. State, was the first of the two players drafted when the Washington Redskins selected him with the 19th pick of the second round. Allen, a wide receiver at Cal, was taken by the San Diego Chargers with the 14th pick of the third round.

Not long after Allen was selected, the two players compared their new teams’ schedules. They were in luck: There it was, Nov. 3, Chargers at Redskins.

“We were kind of waiting for this game,” Amerson said Thursday, a large grin on his face.

Each player has made an impact with his new team this season. Amerson, the Redskins’ third cornerback, has started three of seven games, played 73 percent of all defensive snaps and has 24 tackles and a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown. Allen has taken advantage of season-ending injuries to Malcolm Floyd and Danario Alexander to emerge as a top receiver and make 26 receptions for 399 yards and two touchdowns.

Amerson has watched Allen’s highlights, and he paid special attention to the Chargers’ Monday night game against the Colts on Oct. 14. Allen, Amerson said, probably watched the Redskins’ loss to the Broncos on Sunday, considering the Chargers’ bye week.

And, considering the players’ positions, there’s a strong chance Amerson and Allen could see a lot of each other on Sunday.

“I pretty much know him, so there ain’t nothing unexpected,” Amerson said. “You know, all the success he’s having – he’s a very good athlete and a very good receiver, and I’m going to have my hands full.”