While the NFL compared Amerson to Kansas City Chiefs big physical corner Sean Smith (listed at 6-3 220), I saw it as a kind of careless comparison since Smith is not a proven ballhawk like Amerson, Smith has only 5 interceptions in 53 games (5 seasons). The temptation to compare Amerson to Sherman was very high so here it goes.
David Amerson is a very exciting prospect out of NC State and his potential and athleticism are hugenormous. Richard Sherman the top corner in the NFL today after a very impressimg 2012 season (64 tackles, 1 sack, 3 FF, 8 ints). What these two guys have in common is the exceptional size and physicality for the position, both were listed at 6-3 195 (though Amerson is sometime listed at 6-1 205), both are known for excelling at the press coverage, which was the reason behind Sherman's huge success last year as he man handle several All Pro receivers. what also stands out is Amerson has Analyst questioning his hip fluidity, tendency to give up big plays, agility and speed (which is irrelevant considering the fact he ran a 4.44 one of the faster times). Sherman alike was a touted press coverage corner, but lacked the hip fluidity, speed and wasn't able to recover when beaten deep. Richard Sherman took the time and developed into the most feared corner in the NFL, what worked for Sherman is a patient and willing coaching staff with the Seattle Seahawks; while David Amerson has a willing coaching staff, the Washington Redskins organization is not known for being patient.
The difference between the two players though is although Sherman is a very capable athlete, Amerson is an extroadinary athlete who has not scratched the surface of his talent, so much potential and athleticism here, Sherman took 3 years to develop into the monster he is in the secondary. with the talent and athleticism of Amerson and the fact that he's projected to start sometimes next season, hints that he might rise faster than Sherman, now now before we start going into a gridlock of an argument, i'll like to say this might not always be the case since injuries can play a major role, coaching is also a factor and different prospect develop differently. Now Richard Sherman may be the top corner in the NFL today, but he never won the Jack Tatum award awarded to the top defensive back in the nation (collegiate level), and history shows most of the DBs who won this award went on to have great careers or are having good careers ( Terrel Buckley, Charles Woodson, and Patrick Peterson. That's a place where Amerson has the advantage over Sherman, Amerson production and skill set shows coming out of college he was better than Sherman, but college and NFL are different.
In conclusion, David Amerson might have gone after Milliner and Rhodes, but his potential might be greater than the two. If Haslett, Morris and Shanahan take the time and work with this kid, the sky is the limit and he could best the other DBs from his class, Amerson has better skilllset than sherman, but if he learns to use his physical traits like sherman and play smarter (less jumping routes), he could be close to the top of the list for NFL corners by the end of his sophmore campaign. Amerson needs to work harder, and he has shown he's willing to, but the important factor here is the coaching staff in Landover, Maryland need to be patient with this kid and work with him, while giving him time to mature and develop. Mark my words when I say he's going to be special.
Now HogsHaven, what do you think?