NFL Draft

Scouting Report
Amerson is known for making big plays in the secondary, and his size, athleticism and hands make him one of the top defensive backs available. He's expected to be selected in the early rounds and has the ability to start in the NFL right away. Some scouts feel Amerson's skills are better suited as a safety at the next level since his size is rare for a cornerback, and he's capable of big hits on receivers. Amerson's best trait, however, is finding the ball. He did that superbly in 2011, piling up 13 interceptions to finish one shy of the NCAA set by Washington's Al Worley in 1968. He returned two of those picks for touchdowns, including a 65-yarder in a 31-24 win over Louisville in the Belk Bowl. That dazzling season earned him All-American honors and the Jack Tatum Award as the nation's best defensive back. Amerson's junior year wasn't nearly as productive, but he still led the Wolfpack by picking off five passes and knocking down 12 more. However, he struggled in coverages, allowing long scoring passes while flinching on the first move from receivers. That's caused a concern with his speed and ability to turn out of a back-pedal. He displayed impressive speed at the combine, clocking in at 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash while leaping 35.5 inches vertically. That's a big reason teams are impressed with his ability in coverage, especially on jump balls to tall receivers. That's a major plus, especially in the red zone. He also started every game for North Carolina State over the past two years, and that durability should help.
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