David Amerson, DB (6-1 1/8, 201) - Amerson recorded a 38 1/2-inch vertical, a 11-foot broad jump, a 4.13-second short shuttle and 7.75-second three-cone drill. He had really good numbers at the pro day but if you watched him versus Tennessee last season, he didn't look like he had that kind of speed. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
A top 50 recruit out of Greensboro, he saw playing time immediately as a true freshman cornerback in 2010, starting nine games.
He returned as a starter at cornerback in 2011 and earned All-American honors for his outstanding sophomore performance. He set a new ACC and NC State record with 13 interceptions, becoming just the second player with double-digit interceptions in a single season since 2004 (Rahim Moore - 10), falling just shy of the FBS-record of 14.
With four multi-INT games and a pair of defensive scores, Amerson won the Jack Tatum Award (nation's top defensive back) and was a finalist for the Thorpe Award.
He entered 2012 with extremely high expectations, but appeared to suffer a drop in confidence after getting beat for multiple big plays. Amerson still garnered second-team All-ACC recognition from the conference coaches and media after finishing with five interceptions, including his third career return for a score.
Amerson, who ranks behind just Alabama's Dee Milliner and Florida State's Xavier Rhodes on NFLDraftScout.com's list of the top junior cornerbacks, may have the statistics and size to earn first-round buzz, but he is far from a sure thing to earn a spot among the top 32 picks in 2013.
WEAKNESSES: Concerns about his fluidity and straight-line speed. Typically lined up in off-man and zone coverage in college, but his lack of elite speed would make that a difficult fit in the NFL. Aggression makes him vulnerable to double-moves. Amerson was beaten soundly in several-highly anticipated matchups in 2012, which contributed to losses to Tennessee and Clemson.