Drafted as the Redskins’ first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Amerson was selected in the second round as the 51st overall pick. His college career at North Carolina State University was riddled with excellence, and the Redskins expect him to continue that level of play in the NFL.
Amerson led the nation in interceptions in his 2011 collegiate season and ended his NC State career with 18 interceptions in 26 games. Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan hopes Amerson can continue making these interceptions in the pros, but he also hopes Amerson knows when to play it safe.
“Making the big play on the defensive side of the ball, turning the ball over, is something that can change the game. It definitely turns games around and steals games as well, and that’s something I try to pride myself on. Just preparation and knowing when to take chances and when not to.”
The speed and size of Amerson is also something of note. At 6-foot-2, Amerson runs a 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. His vertical leap is 35.5 inches and he can broad jump 10 feet 7 inches. This is amazing athleticism for someone so tall, perfect for a CB.
“He’s a guy we think can play in off coverage and in bump coverage. He’s got the speed that you look for. He’s got some length. He’s just a guy we thought would fit into our system very well. Very sharp player.”
After years of watching the Redskins secondary fail to stop almost every team’s passing game, this year fans can start the season with high hopes. Amerson is a solid pick at CB, and watching him play will be a relief.