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David Amerson, CB

School: North Carolina State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 205 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.352.501.5015 35 1/210'7"--
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Amerson has rare height and length for the position and actually played primarily at safety in high school. He has the size and ballskills for the next level, but scouts are also impressed with his competitive drive to get better, showing vast improvement between his freshman and sophomore seasons. And the coaching staff says there is no problem keeping Amerson hungry, as he is one of the top practice players each week. Could prove a fit in a press-based scheme. Highly aggressive defender who intercepted many of his passes reading the eyes of quarterbacks and jumping short routes.

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.


--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Amerson was a high school safety, and that background as a physical defender was constantly on display during his time at N.C. State.

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.

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03/28/2013 - 2013 North Carolina State Pro Day: North Carolina State did its pro day on March 20 indoors on a fast surface. Twenty-four NFL teams made an appearance at N.C. State, including San Francisco 49ers director of college scouting Joel Patten, Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Doug Whaley, defensive back coaches from the Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings, and three coaches from the New York Jets' staff. Thirteen players from N.C. State participated, and were joined by 10 other players from smaller schools in the area.

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

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