If the San Francisco 49ers choose not to address their need for a cornerback in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, they should seriously consider taking N.C. State‘s David Amerson with one of their two second round picks.
None of the corners currently on the Niners’ roster are taller than six feet, and the 6’1″, 205-pound Amerson could provide them with the size their secondary so desperately needs, and without the first round price tag. He plays with an impressive level of physicality and even set an ACC record in 2011 with 13 interceptions, so his ball skills are not a question mark whatsoever.
He’s not as technically sound as one would prefer, but Amerson has experience playing safety from his high school days and could provide depth to San Fran’s secondary in that position as well. The Niners have Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown and Chris Culliver, all capable NFL starters, as their top three cornerbacks right now anyway, so defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and the rest of the coaching staff could spend training camp and the 2013 regular season deciding where Amerson is best suited to play in their defense.
Defensive backs coach Ed Donatell is one of the best in the business at what he does and loves working with athletic, big-bodied DB’s similar to Amerson. Who knows, with a little coaching and work on fundamentals, this guy could wind up not only being a future starter, but one of the top corners to come out of the 2013 class. After all, it was only a year ago that Amerson, a 2011 All-American, was being projected as a potential Top 10 overall pick.
A disappointing 2012 campaign changed his draft status a bit, but that could play directly into San Francisco’s favor if, and likely when, Amerson slips into the second round. The Niners have the 34th and 61st overall picks in that round. If a CB isn’t drafted in the first, Amerson could, and probably should, be their guy at some point in the second. I don’t know that I’d take him at No. 34, but would seriously consider trading up from No. 61 if he’s still on the board in the middle of the round.