2015 NFL DRAFT

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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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

02/20/2013 - Top 10 most intriguing players at the combine: 6. David Amerson, NC State, CB: He went from being an All-American in 2011 after making 13 INTs to a forgotten prospect not far into the 2012 season. A shaky performance against the Vols' dangerous group of receivers in the opener didn't help, but I expect Amerson to create some buzz again when scouts eyeball him. This is a 6-2, 200-pound corner who could crack 4.4 in Indy and get some folks excited again. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

01/10/2013 - North Carolina State junior cornerback David Amerson will be making the jump to the NFL according to reports and supportive messages from another Wolfpack athlete. While the announcement has not yet been made official by Amerson, he has garnered the support from Rodney Purvis, a freshman guard on NC State's basketball team. "Funny how fans react when a athlete decides to go pro and fulfill his dreams," Purvis wrote Saturday morning on his Twitter account. "Dave Amerson has proven himself and left a huge impact at NCSU."

A statement from the university Saturday hinted that Amerson's departure is a foregone conclusion; it's just a matter of making it official. "He said he would let me know when he is ready to announce and he hasn't done so," a school spokesperson stated. "No idea if he actually submitted the paperwork or not." Amerson set a school and ACC record as a sophomore with 13 interceptions, a mark that was punctuated with two picks in a Belk Bowl win over Louisville. - WRAL Sports

12/31/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB David Amerson set the single-season ACC record for interceptions a year ago, capped by two pickoffs in the Belk Bowl, returning one of those for a touchdown in the victory against Louisville. He has had a rather uneven junior season, burnt for big plays in several games as his confidence has waned. But he doesn't shy away from attempting to be a play-maker and the Wolfpack's defense can benefit tremendously when he's playing up to par. He could draw the primary assignment on Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews. - The Sports Xchange

12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: CB-David Amerson, NC State, 6-3, 194, Jr., Greensboro, N.C. (12), has been selected Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team.

Amerson finished the season with five interceptions, and his career total of 18 is third-best in ACC history. In Saturday's win over Boston College, Amerson returned his INT for his third career score. The Pack is 5-0 this season when he picked off a pass. - NC State football

12/03/2012 - Some rumors lately indicated that David Amerson had already made up his mind to declare for the NFL Draft, but Amerson took to Twitter today to clear that up: "I have not came to any conclusions, just to kill that" Or he could be talking about lunch. You never know. Amerson was getting buzz as a possible top 10 pick following last season, but he hurt his stock with some of his performances this year, and now the top 10 no longer looks like a realistic possibility. - Akula Wolf, Backing The Pack

12/02/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): CB-David Amerson, NC State (46)...has been named Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. Amerson finished the season with five interceptions, and his career total of 18 is third-best in ACC history. In Saturday's win over Boston College, Amerson returned his INT for his third career score. The Pack is 5-0 this season when he picked off a pass. - NC State football

12/01/2012 - With the NFL increasingly turning to the passing game, playmaking defensive backs have never held more value. It appears that North Carolina State junior cornerback David Amerson is banking on that fact, as he'll be making the jump to the NFL a year early according to a Sports Illustrated report. Amerson exploded onto the scene last year, leading the country with 10 interceptions and earning All-American honors for the Wolfpack. As such, he entered this season viewed as a potential top 20 prospect. Amerson's junior season, however, hasn't gone as well as he'd hoped and his stock has suffered as a result.

The 6-2, 194 pound junior saw his pass-thefts cut in half this year but if NC State's victory over Boston College November 24 was indeed his final game in Raleigh, he is leaving on a high note, recording his fifth interception of the year and returning it 55 yards for a touchdown in the Wolfpacks' 27-10 victory. The touchdown was the third Amerson has scored off of an interception over his career.

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 amongst the top 32 picks in 2013. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/01/2012 - The lean, lanky Amerson certainly looks the part of a shutdown cornerback, but there remain concerns about his fluidity and straight-line speed. Despite possessing the frame and improved physicality to potentially fit in a press-based scheme, Amerson typically lined up in off-man and zone coverage in college. He's a highly aggressive defender who intercepted many of his passes reading the eyes of quarterbacks and jumping short routes. This aggression, however, makes him quite vulnerable to double-moves. Amerson was beaten soundly in several highly anticipated matchups this year, not the least of which contibruted to losses to Tennessee and Clemson in which Amerson was at least partially to blame for four touchdowns scored by the opposition.

With Amerson entering his junior season with so much fanfare his decision to leave early isn't considered a big surprise. The lack of certainly revolving around the NC State program after the dismissal of head coach Tom O'Brien, as well as a relatively weak senior class of cornerbacks may also be playing a role in Amerson's decision.

To achieve the high draft grade Amerson (and many fans) expect, the North Carolina State defender may need to ease scouts' concerns about his speed by running well at the Scouting Combine and/or his Pro Day. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/29/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 13: 3. CB David Amerson, 6-3, 194, NC State: Why he has the third spot: Amerson had five tackles, an interception and two pass breakups in NC State's 27-10 win over Boston College on Saturday. The Wolfpack held Boston College QB Chase Rettig to just 123 passing yards and three interceptions while completing just 16 of 45 passes. Amerson is tied for eighth nationally with five interceptions this season.

Season stats (12 games): 54 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 5 interceptions, 16 passes defended.Player ranking: Amerson is No. 40 overall and is the No. 4 cornerback in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: NC State will find out its bowl opponent on Sunday. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

11/24/2012 - Mike Glennon threw three touchdown passes and David Amerson returned an interception for a score Saturday as North Carolina State defeated Boston College 27-10 in the teams' regular-season finale. Glennon connected twice for touchdowns with Tobais Palmer in a span of 51 seconds late in the third quarter to propel the Wolfpack (7-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). Glennon finished 24 of 37 for 230 yards. Amerson recorded his 18th career interception and took it back 55 yards for a touchdown just before halftime to give N.C. State a 14-3 lead.

The Wolfpack overcame a shaky offensive performance in the first half - one fumble, six punts - to clinch a third consecutive winning season. With the loss, the Eagles (2-10, 1-7) capped the program's worst season since the 1978 team finished 0-11. Rolandan Finch ran for 144 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. - AP Sports

11/22/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: 3. CB David Amerson, 6-3, 194, NC State: Why he has the third spot: Amerson had nine tackles and three pass breakups in Saturday's 62-48 loss at Clemson. NC State gave up 754 total yards to the Tigers, and Amerson had a bad moment when Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins beat him with a double move on a 62-yard touchdown. He is tied for second in the ACC with four interceptions.

Season stats (11 games): 49 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions. Player ranking: Amerson is No. 40 overall and is the No. 4 cornerback in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: NC State plays Boston College on Saturday. One of the few things the Eagles have done well this season is throw the ball. Boston College WR Alex Amidon leads the ACC with 106.8 receiving yards per game. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

11/14/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 11: 3. CB David Amerson, 6-3, 194, NC State: Why he has the third spot: Amerson had two tackles and a pass break up in a 37-6 win over Wake Forest. He helped hold the Demon Deacons to 185 total yards. Amerson also helped limit Wake Forest WR Michael Campanaro to five catches for 14 yards. Amerson is tied for second in the league with four interceptions and is sixth in the ACC with 10 passes defended. Season stats (10 games): 40 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions. Player ranking: Amerson is No. 40 overall and is the No. 4 cornerback in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: NC State plays at Clemson this week. Amerson will be tested by Clemson's talented wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

11/07/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 10: 3. CB David Amerson, 6-3, 194, NC State: Why he has the third spot: Amerson drops one spot in this week's rankings after another subpar performance. The Wolfpack were dismantled 33-6 at home by a Virginia team that was on a six-game losing streak. The Cavaliers racked up 446 total yards and used two quarterbacks to throw for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Amerson is still second in the league with four interceptions. Season stats (nine games): 38 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions. Player ranking: Amerson is No. 41 overall and is the fourth-highest cornerback in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: NC State hosts Wake Forest on Saturday. Amerson will have his hands full with WR Michael Campanaro, who had 16 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns against Boston College on Saturday. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

10/23/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH -- WEEK 8: 2. CB David Amerson, 6-3, 194, NC State: Why he has the second spot: Amerson had six tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, and an interception in the Wolfpack's 20-18 win at Maryland on Saturday. Many perceive Amerson as having a down year -- which he is compared to preseason expectations -- but he is still tied for fourth nationally with four interceptions on the season. He returned his interception for a touchdown Saturday, but it was called back for an illegal block in the back. Season stats (seven games): 30 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions. Player ranking: Amerson is No. 43 overall and is the fourth-highest cornerback in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: NC State travels to take on rival North Carolina Saturday. Tar Heels QB Bryn Renner has thrown just two interceptions in his last five games but has five interceptions this season. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

10/16/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 7: 2. CB David Amerson, 6-3, 194, NC State: Why he has the second spot: Amerson and the Wolfpack are coming off their bye week. This weekend, NC State will travel to take on Maryland in its first game since upsetting Florida State. Amerson was disappointing in the first half of the season but played well against the Seminoles. He has been slipping on draft boards and needs to finish his junior season strong if he hopes to be a first-round pick come April (if he declares himself draft-eligible early). Season stats (six games): 24 tackles, 3 interceptions, 6 passes defended. Player ranking: Amerson is No. 39 overall and the fourth-highest cornerback in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: NC State plays at Maryland on Saturday. The matchup to watch will be Amerson against Terrapins true freshman WR Stefon Diggs. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

10/10/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 6: 2. CB David Amerson, 6-3, 194, NC State: Why he has the second spot: Amerson had six tackles in Saturday's 17-16 win over Florida State and was part of a defense that shut out the Seminoles in the second half. Florida State QB EJ Manuel threw for just 218 yards. It was a nice bounce back performance for a secondary that gave up 566 passing yards at Miami its last time out. Season stats (six games): 24 tackles, 3 interceptions, 6 passes defended. Player ranking: Amerson is No. 17 overall and the second-highest cornerback in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: NC State is off this week before playing at Maryland on Oct. 20. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

10/02/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 5: 2. CB David Amerson, 6-3, 194, NC State: Why he has the second spot: At this point, Amerson has this spot based on reputation. He and the rest of the NC State secondary had a game to forget at Miami Saturday, allowing Hurricanes QB Stephen Morris to throw for an ACC-record 566 yards. Coach Tom O'Brien said of Amerson, according to Joe Giglio of the News & Observer, "He's trying to make every play instead of doing his job." Season stats (five games): 16.5 tackles, 3 interceptions, 6 passes defended. Player ranking: Amerson is No. 17 overall and the second-highest cornerback in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: NC State hosts Florida State on Saturday night. Amerson will have his hands full with Seminoles QB EJ Manuel who has thrown just one interception this season. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

09/25/2012 - ACC NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 4: 2. CB David Amerson, 6-3, 194, NC State: Why he has the second spot: Amerson intercepted a pass for the third consecutive game this weekend in NC State's 52-14 win over The Citadel. He is now tied for fourth nationally with three interceptions this year. That's after leading the country in interceptions (13) last season. Season stats (four games): 14.5 tackles, 3 interceptions, 4 passes defended. Player ranking: Amerson is No. 17 overall and the second-highest cornerback in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: NC State plays at Miami on Saturday. Miami QB Stephen Morris threw for a career-high 436 yards at Georgia Tech last week. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

09/22/2012 - Playing in his first career game, North Carolina State freshman Shadrach Thornton ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the Wolfpack's convincing 52-14 win over The Citadel on Saturday night. The Wolfpack (3-1) scored touchdowns on five of its six drives in the first half to build a commanding 35-point halftime lead. N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon ran for two touchdowns and passed for one more. The senior completed 19 of 24 passes for 233 yards to lead N.C. State to its third straight victory after its season-opening loss to Tennessee. Rashard Smith had a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown for the Wolfpack. Cornerback David Amerson picked off Bulldog quarterback Aaron Miller for his third interception in as many games as N.C. State had its way with The Citadel (3-1). - AP Sports

09/12/2012 - WEEK 2 JIM THORPE AWARD HONORABLE MENTION: David Amerson, NC State, Junior Cornerback - Amerson grabbed his 14th interception of his career in the third quarter then on fourth-and-4 with the game on the line late in the fourth quarter, Amerson stepped in front of a Connecticut wide receiver and broke up a pass to preserve N.C. State's 10-7 win. - Jim Thorpe Award

09/10/2012 - LOOKING GOOD: The defensive backfield amped up its performance, perhaps most evident by the 204 passing yards allowed to Connecticut, which attempted 27 passes. Of those Huskies throws, three were intercepted by members of the Wolfpack secondary. This group is expected to be the foundation of the team, and after a rough opener, it began to look sturdy in the second game. Amerson's first interception of the season marked the 14th of his career. Amerson, who set single-season and ACC records last season as a sophomore, is two interceptions away from matching the school's career record. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - Even after the messy start to the season, the secondary could be the strength for the Wolfpack. It just wasn't supposed to play out this way. C.J. Wilson, a fifth-year senior considered one of the key members of a veteran secondary, will miss three more games as part of a suspension levied by the NCAA. Wilson's suspension comes about because he didn't meet NCAA requirements despite graduating last winter. Wilson's eligibility fell into question because he didn't pass six credit hours during the spring semester. That's one of the necessities, even for students who've graduated. This comes on top of a miserable opener for All-American David Amerson, who was beat for a couple of big plays by Tennessee. Coach Tom O'Brien said it will be important for Amerson to have a short memory and move on rather than dwell on some parts of his unexpected shortcomings. The Wolfpack has veteran safeties Brandan Bishop and Earl Wolff along with Amerson, so the defensive backfield remains well-stocked. But missing Wilson doesn't help matters, other than knowing the extent of the punishment. Wilson will miss one-third of the regular season, sitting out Saturday at Connecticut and then home games against South Alabama and The Citadel. Dontae Johnson started at one cornerback position in Friday night's 35-21 loss to Tennessee in Atlanta. Amerson, who was burnt for a couple of touchdown plays against Tennessee, issued an apology to the team's fans through social media after the game. The 2011 All-American insisted that he'll atone for the miscues. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: This unit was hit hard in the opener, with breakdowns in various areas. There also were encouraging stretches, particularly from the linemen who figured to have some growing pains this season. The much-respected defensive backfield took some dents and that figures to make that an extremely motivated group looking to make amends. Inexperience at linebacker is something of a concern, but there's progress being made in that area. The Wolfpack found out right away that teams won't shy away from All-American CB David Amerson, who was burned for big plays in the opener against Tennessee. Amerson said he realized too late that he was singled out at times. "I guess you could say so," he said. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2012 - Week One Rewind: He appeared to be in even worse position three offensive series later as he was beaten for a 72-yard strike by Bray to Zach Rogers. Amerson clearly expected to have safety Earl Wolff protecting him deep as he allowed Rogers -- who isn't the same caliber of athlete as Patterson -- to simply run past him down the middle of the field. Television cameras caught Amerson explaining to coaches following the play that he thought he had help over the top. While a miscommunication in coverage may have been the culprit in Amerson allowing the second long touchdown reception, it doesn't account for his inability to stop Patterson on the reverse on Tennessee's very next offensive snap. On this play Amerson was lined up deep across from Tennessee's "other" star receiver, Justin Hunter. He followed Hunter to the middle of the field from the right sideline only to discover that Patterson had taken a quick end-around and was dashing towards him. Amerson fought off a quick block from Hunter and seemed to be in position to keep Patterson from extending the play much further. Patterson's speed and Amerson's poor angle, however, allowed the highly regarded Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College transfer to slip by untouched and race down the right sideline to give the Vols a 22-7 lead as the first quarter closed. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/04/2012 - ACC: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS FALLING: CB David Amerson, NC State : Coming into this season, Amerson was widely thought of as the ACC's best NFL prospect. At 6-3, 194 pounds, he has extraordinary size for a cornerback. Plus, he has the production to back it up, leading the nation with 13 interceptions a year ago. However, Amerson played a poor game in NC State's opener against Tennessee. He was burned deep twice in the first quarter by Volunteer receivers, and the Wolfpack lost 35-21. You can see him next: Saturday at Connecticut, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN3). - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

09/04/2012 - Week One Rewind: Scouts love Amerson's ball skills and at a lanky 6-2, 193 pounds he's been characterized by some as a virtual clone of All-Pro Nnamdi Asomugha. Just as Asomugha struggled when asked to make the transition to the Philadelphia Eagles' man-off and zone-heavy looks a year ago after starring as a press corner for the Oakland Raiders, Amerson's long-legs and average acceleration make him susceptible to big plays. In the right scheme, Amerson remains a highly regarded prospect. As he unfortunately demonstrated Friday night, however, Amerson does not possess the same quick-twitch acceleration that helped Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne and Stephon Gilmore land spots within the top 10 in the past two NFL drafts. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/04/2012 - Week One Rewind: WVU's Smith may have earned the buzz for his performance on Saturday but just a day earlier it was Tennessee junior Tyler Bray who served notice that he too deserves consideration as one of the elite quarterbacks in the country. Scouts attending the game left acknowledging that the accuracy and gunslinger mentality which had helped Bray take the SEC by storm a season ago had returned now that the broken thumb on his throwing hand is healed. They also left dazzled with the debut of junior wideout Cordarrelle Patterson, a junior college transfer who caught six passes for 93 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a weaving 67-yard reverse. Unfortunately, it was the struggles of North Carolina State junior cornerback David Amerson, however, that may have left the most lasting impression upon NFL talent evaluators. Amerson, a returning All-American who led the country a season ago with a jaw-dropping 13 interceptions, was beaten on two long touchdowns in the opening quarter of action. The first score came courtesy of Bray and Patterson just a few minutes into the game. Amerson was lined 10 yards back in off-man coverage against Patterson and slowed his shuffle when the 6-3, 205 pound receiver throttled down for an apparent out-route. That's when Patterson quickly accelerated, leaving Amerson flat-footed and behind for an easy 41-yard bomb down the left sideline from Bray. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/31/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The strength of the team should be in the defensive backfield, where there are returning starters who know how to get the job done. Finding the right combinations at linebacker has been a preseason priority, so that there's not an unnecessary burden placed on the secondary. With CB David Amerson coming off a record-setting season for interceptions, the defense is worthy of some of the attention it has been receiving. - The Sports Xchange

08/31/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: S David Amerson -- His 13 interceptions in 2011 set a single-season ACC record and marked the second-largest total in one season in NCAA history. The junior will be hard-pressed to match that number this year, but he's bound to try. - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 5. - The Sports XchangeDavid Amerson, CB, North Carolina State: His unique combination of size (6-2, 193), speed and ball skills helped Amerson explode onto the scene a year ago with a jaw-dropping 13 interceptions. To warrant this high of a grade, he'll need to prove that his breakout sophomore campaign was no fluke. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/27/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): CB David Amerson, NC State (63), has been selected Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference football for the 2012 college football season by the ACC media. Last season, Amerson set the ACC and NC State single-season record for interceptions with 13 that mark ties for second in FBS history. He was named a Walter Camp and ESPN first-team All-American, was the winner of the Jack Tatum Award, and one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award. TOP FOUR VOTING BY POSITION (OVERALL, NAME, TEAM, VOTES): Cornerback: 1. David Amerson, NCS, 63...2. Kyle Fuller, VT, 25...3. Xavier Rhodes, FSU, 21...4. Greg Reid, FSU, 11 - NC State football

07/25/2012 - North Carolina State star cornerback David Amerson has two years of football eligibility remaining and coach Tom O'Brien fully expects him not to use them. That's worded correctly. In essence, O'Brien acknowledged a countdown of sorts Monday at the ACC Kickoff when he said casually that he "would be very surprised" if Amerson, a highly regarded NFL prospect, stayed with the Wolfpack past this approaching season, his junior year. So as N.C. State and its fans no doubt are anticipating, that means 12 regular-season games and then perhaps the postseason likely remain in the college career of the interception magnet from Greensboro Dudley High School. "This is the last hurrah," O'Brien said. Amerson, although a marquee player, didn't attend the two-day event here at Grandover Resort - quarterback Mike Glennon and safety Earl Wolff, a pair of seniors, represented the Wolfpack - so he wasn't on hand to verify O'Brien's opinion. But his jumping to the NFL a year early would make nothing but sense if his stock remains perched in its current lofty territory. After leading the nation and setting an ACC single-season record with 13 interceptions last year as a sophomore, Amerson has rocketed up mock draft boards. Many projections have slotted him as the top-ranked cornerback available to NFL teams in 2013 and a Top 15 pick. "Even after his first year, Jon Tenuta said he's one of the top five corners he's ever been around," O'Brien said, referencing N.C. State's defensive assistant, a 30-year coaching veteran with stops at Oklahoma, Ohio State, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame, among others. "We thought that we had somebody special out there, but nobody knew that he was going to set the interception records." - Adam Smith, Times-News

07/25/2012 - Amerson shattered N.C. State's previous milestone for pickoffs in a season (eight), which stood for more than 70 years, since 1938. His 13 interceptions from last year are tied for the second-most prolific season in major-college history. O'Brien cautioned against expecting eye-popping interception numbers from Amerson this season. Given the elite status he has earned, opposing offenses figure to shy away from challenging him, O'Brien said. "Don't be thinking he's going to make 15 interceptions again this year. He might not get three chances this year," the N.C. State coach said. "And he might have a better year. But nobody might throw the ball out there for him to do that." O'Brien sounded pleased Monday with the work ethic Amerson has displayed during the offseason, especially the cornerback's increased dedication to film study. "Not that he didn't do it," O'Brien said, "but he didn't do it to the extent that he is now where he's really a student of (receiver) releases and line-ups and all the little things that help him anticipate what might go on once the ball's snapped." - Adam Smith, Times-News

07/23/2012 - Officially, the N.C. State football team has five seniors starting on its defensive unit. As far as Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien is concerned, the number might as well be six. "I'd be very surprised if David Amerson is back after another year," O'Brien said of his All-America cornerback, who as a junior, still has two seasons of eligibility remaining. "This is the last hurrah." Amerson led the nation and set an ACC record with 13 interceptions as a sophomore last season and has made a quantum leap up most early draft projections. Although O'Brien acknowledged that Amerson's stats are likely to go down because of teams keeping the ball away from him, he said there's no reason for the youngster to stay for his senior year if he's going to be a first-round NFL draft pick. "When we first saw him in camp, we thought this guy is really talented," O'Brien said Monday at the ACC's Football Kickoff media event. "He had a lot of ability. Now, you never know until they get in their and actually play and you see what their dedication to the game is going to be. But he certainly, even after his first year, (linebackers coach) John Tenuta said he's one of the top five corners he's been around, and he's been around a long time." - Brett Friedlander, Wilmington Star News

07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: David Amerson, DB, North Carolina State, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Over the last two weeks, Amerson has also been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, the Bednarik Award Watch List, and the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List. Last season, Amerson set the ACC and NC State single-season record for interceptions with 13 that mark ties for second in FBS history. He was named a Walter Camp and ESPN first-team All-American, was the winner of the Jack Tatum Award, and one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award. - NC State football

07/18/2012 - 2012 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: David Amerson, North Carolina State CB, Jr., has been selected to the Preseason Jim Thorpe Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the best defensive back in college football by the Jim Thorpe Association. Earlier this week, Amerson was named to both the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List and the Bednarik Award Watch List. The 2012 Preseason Watch List for the Jim Thorpe Award includes 35 of the top defensive backs in the country representing 11 conferences. Last season, Amerson set the ACC and NC State single-season record for interceptions with 13 that mark ties for second in FBS history. He was named a Walter Camp and ESPN first-team All-American, was the winner of the Jack Tatum Award, and one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award. - NC State football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: David Amerson, CB, N.C. State, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. Last season, Amerson set the ACC and NC State single-season record for interceptions with 13 that mark ties for second in FBS history. He was named a Walter Camp and ESPN first-team All-American, was the winner of the Jack Tatum Award, and one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award. - NC State football

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: David Amerson, NC State, CB, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. Last season, Amerson set the ACC and NC State single-season record for interceptions with 13 that mark ties for second in FBS history. He was named a Walter Camp and ESPN first-team All-American, was the winner of the Jack Tatum Award, and one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award. - NC State football

07/09/2012 - Few could've expected David Amerson would become an All-American in his first full season as a starter for North Carolina State. Now the cornerback is preparing for his junior year facing expectations for nothing less. Amerson led the country with 13 interceptions, an Atlantic Coast Conference single-season record and tied for second-most in bowl subdivision history. He's spending the summer getting stronger and improving his footwork, knowing he'll face higher expectations as the guy likely charged with shutting down the opponent's top receiver each week. ''I won't back down from stuff like that,'' Amerson said. ''It doesn't get me nervous. I don't feel under pressure in a negative way. I like that people have high expectations of me because I have high expectations of myself.'' Amerson went from being a safety in high school to starting the last nine games at cornerback as a true freshman for N.C. State. He didn't manage to snatch an interception but more than made up for it last year, grabbing two in the opener against Liberty and following with two-interception games against Central Michigan, Virginia and Louisville in the Belk Bowl. ''He took his lumps and bumps and bruises (as a rookie), but the one thing that remained intact was his confidence,'' said Mike Reed, N.C. State's defensive backs coach. ''It was just a matter of time when he really got to understand and grasp the defense that he was able to take advantage of it.'' Amerson - who returned picks for touchdowns against the Cavaliers and Cardinals - had five more interceptions than any other player in the country and the most picks in the FBS ranks since 1968. He also broke the school's single-season interception (eight) that had stood for 73 years. - AP Sports

06/20/2012 - Top-five NC State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. CB David Amerson (6-3, 195)...Maybe the top cornerback prospect in the nation, Amerson (pictured above) set a new ACC and NC State record with 13 interceptions last season as a sophomore. He became 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. Amerson was a top-50 high school recruit out of Greensboro and 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. 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 last season. He has rare height and length for the position and actually played primarily at safety in high school, but has only lined up at cornerback thus far in Raleigh. Amerson 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. If he can continue to improve his ability as a junior in 2012, Amerson will hear his name in the first round next April, possibly as early as the top 10 picks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/15/2012 - THE TOP 10 DEFENSIVE (NON) CANDIDATES FOR THE HEISMAN FOR 2012: 8. David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State - As with Mathieu, Amerson will be hard-pressed to match what he did last season, when he led the nation with 13 interceptions. But if he comes close to that number, he'll probably win the Thorpe Award and get some mention in the Heisman race. - Heismanpundit.com

05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 3. *David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State: Thanks to his unique combination of size (6-2, 193), speed and ball skills, Amerson exploded onto the scene last season with 13 interceptions. To warrant a grade this high he'll need to prove his breakout sophomore campaign was no fluke. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

05/07/2012 - 2012 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: David Amerson, North Carolina State, CB, 6-3, 194 (Greensboro, NC): Led the nation with 13 interceptions, most in ACC history...Had 59 total tackles...Finalist for Thorpe Award...ESPN first-team All-American. - Lott IMPACT Trophy

 
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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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