After much speculation as to whom the Washington Redskins were going to select with the 51st overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Redskins picked N.C. State cornerback David Amerson—adding size and speed to a defensive secondary that ranked 30th in pass defense last season.
Amerson won the Jack Tatum Award (which recognizes the nation's best defensive back) his sophomore season in 2011 and recorded 13 interceptions that season, finishing his collegiate career with 18 INTs and 169 tackles—131 solo.
Amerson wasted no time Friday night announcing his selection by the Washington Redskins on Twitter:
Shortly after his selection by the Redskins, Amerson spoke to the media via a conference call and shared his enthusiasm and plans, as reported on the team's official website, Redskins.com.
“I’m just looking forward to meeting the team, getting to know my teammates, and helping the Redskins win a Super Bowl.”
Amerson also mentioned his admiration for the Redskins defensive secondary. His versatility on defense could be utilized either as a cornerback or free safety.
“We played everything at N.C. State, so it really doesn't matter. I can adjust to any scheme or any coverage,” he said. “Man-to-man is my ideal coverage because it eliminates the mental aspect of playing football as far as zone coverages.”
“To see some of the coverages they run and how they play their corners and things like that, I definitely think that I'll fit into the system,” he said. “I know it’s a hard-nosed defense. [They’ve] got a lot of deep players, a lot of good veterans that just get after it."
Amerson is known for his speed, size and athleticism. At 6'1" and 205 pounds, he runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and has impressive receiving instincts. The NFL Network compared him to Kansas City defensive back Sean Smith, while also mentioning his play-making skills were that of Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuels.
Either way, Amerson will be a welcome presence in the Redskins defensive secondary—a unit that has been struggling in part due to injuries and lack of depth last season.
Later in the evening, the Redskins selected Florida tight end Jordan Reed and when the draft resumes Saturday they will have picks remaining in Round 4, two in Round 5, Round 6 and Round 7.
The offseason plans have always indicated the team is pursuing help in the defensive secondary and the back four will certainly welcome Amerson and perhaps an additional cornerback or safety to bolster their defensive rankings from last season.