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Today, we will take a look at the top cornerback in the upcoming draft class — North Carolina State’s David Amerson. Amerson was an elite cornerback last season as just a true sophomore. He racked up 13 interceptions, which set an ACC and NC State single-season record. That mark ties for second in FBS history.
Despite his short time at the school, Amerson already ranks third all-time in school history in interceptions.
NOTE: All measurables taken from Amerson’s athletic bio.
Strengths: Amerson is a very big cornerback who has come up with the production you want to see. His ball skills are phenomenal and he will always try to beat the receiver to the ball’s highest point. Due to his size, Amerson is very willing to come up in run support and is a solid tackler. He excels in man coverage.
Weaknesses: The only real knock that you will get on Amerson is is long speed. Does he have the jets to keep up with receivers in the NFL or will they leave him in the dust? This questions has many questioning whether Amerson will play as a safety or cornerback at the next level.
Overview: Amerson is the top cornerback prospect in this year’s draft and could have a shot of vaulting into the top five picks. He has true playmaker ability in the secondary and will provide teams with a spark on defense. If he stays at cornerback, Amerson will excel and use his skills to prove whoever drafted him made the right decision. If Amerson ends up playing safety, he will play the center field role and be an absolute ballhawk.
Wherever Amerson ends up and whatever the position, he should very well be worth a high first-round pick.