NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: NC State CB David Amerson
|04.17.13 at 7:11 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
School: NC State
Weight: 205 pounds
Achievements: 2012 All-ACC second team (media, coaches), 2011 All-America first team (Walter Camp, ESPN), 2011 All-America second team (AP), 2011 Jack Tatum Award (nation’s best defensive back), 2011 All-ACC first team, 2011 ACC single-season record for interceptions (13)
What he brings: Amerson has been praised for his size, physicality and overall athleticism. A safety in high school, he kept a physical edge to his game when he transitioned to cornerback. However, his play in 2012 fell off considerably from where it was in 2011, and recently his fluidity, speed and foot quickness have drawn some criticism. Both ESPN and NFL.com mention that he is susceptible to getting beaten on double moves because of his aggressive style.
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 2
Notes: Amerson is ranked behind Alabama’s Dee Milliner, Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes and Rutgers’ Logan Ryan among junior cornerbacks in the 2013 draft. In 2011 he improved on his freshman year, but in 2012 he struggled in big games, most notably when he was beaten for four passing touchdowns in a 44-37 loss to Miami. After recording 13 interceptions in 2011, second most in a single season in NCAA history, he had five in 2012.
Related articles: CBS Sports: Report: NC State CB Amerson heading to NFL
Video: Here’s Amerson vs. Clemson in 2012.