2013 NFL Combine: David Amerson spent 2012 chasing INT record

INDIANAPOLIS -- North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson entered 2012 looking like a potential top-10 draft pick. After getting repeatedly torched during his junior year, it would now be a miracle if he ended up in the first round.

Amerson was impressively honest at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, admitting he spent 2012 trying to break the single-season NCAA interception record.

"I was just playing to get interceptions trying to match 13," Amerson said of his 2011 interception total (the NCAA record is 14).

Amerson claimed the press clippings "kind of motivated" him but he wasn't reading too much about himself and instead was simply "guessing" and "sitting on routes" trying to pick up interceptions.

"A lot of sitting on routes and guessing and it resulted in giving up touchdowns," Amerson said of his disappointing season.

The 2012 season was a trainwreck for Amerson from the start -- Cordarrelle Patterson lit Amerson up in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game, and Amerson said Sunday it was difficult to look at replays of that game.

"It was hard for me to watch," Amerson said. "A lot of it was me just beating myself just sitting on routes."

He wasn't taking away from Patterson, however, admitting that the Tennessee wideout is "definitely worth all the hype."

But the lowest point of Amerson's season was almost certainly the Wolfpack's loss to Miami, which featured a Hail Mary-esque finale -- Stephen Morris hit Phillip Dorsett for a 62-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds remaining -- that featured Amerson, and not in the good way.

And even though he wasn't specifically charged with manning up Dorsett, Amerson acknowledged he should've stopped the touchdown from happening.

"The receiver came from the other side of the field but I definitely should have had a chance to make a play on the ball and I definitely should have made that play so I guess you can put it on me," Amerson said. "I should have made the play."

It's difficult to quantify just how precipitous the drop's been for Amerson's stock. CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco had him as his No. 2 player for this draft class heading into 2012. And that wasn't an oversell either; Amerson's 2011 season was phenomenal.

But 2012 was the complete opposite, and Amerson's got an uphill climb to convince teams he can handle the jump to the NFL. It won't fix the film from 2012, but he's doing the right thing by being upfront and honest about the mistakes he made on the field last year.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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