Height: 6'1 Weight: 205 lbs
College: North Carolina State
Drafted: Second Round Pick 51st Overall
David Amerson is in his third year with the Washington Redskins and he still is a young guy who can make some noise for the team at the cornerback position. Here are five things to know about him:
#1. David Amerson was born in Honolulu, Hawaii but grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina. He played his high school football at Dudley High School in Greensboro. Amerson played safety and running back for Dudley. Rivals.com gave him a four-star rating and he was ranked as the 16th-best safety and sixth-best prospect in North Carolina As a senior (2009), he was named to the NCPreps.com 4A all-state football team and as an upperclassman, he recorded 115 tackles and 15 interceptions.
He received offers from N.C. State, Notre Dame, Clemson, Duke, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest. He chose to play his college football at N.C. State.
#2. Here's a video that sums up Amerson's great career as a part of the N.C. State Wolfpack:
#3. David and Noah Amerson are brothers who chose different paths, David a football career and Noah a criminal past. A past that he has learned from and used to help his brother stay on the right path. Read this piece from the Washington Post's Kent Babb:
"We went two different routes," Noah said, picking at his food. "My brother, he stayed on the right path. He made it."
Noah, 27, isn’t proud of these facts, but they are undeniable: His athletic career and life were interrupted by bad choices and a 16-month prison term. He missed important moments with his family, and whatever promise he once carried was lost to a youth filled with mistakes.
Motivation sometimes comes from unusual places, and each brother said the other serves as an example. David, 21, said he has reached the NFL in part because he learned from his brother years ago what not to do; Noah said his brother’s success reminds him daily to make the right decisions — because the alternative could mean being absent from moments such as those already lost.
#4. Amerson was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft and so far he has a combined 109 tackles (92 solo), 17 passes defensed, two interceptions, a touchdown and forced fumble.
#5. This year David Amerson wants to breakout in 2015 and is using his offseason to do it:
"This offseason, I just want to come back and mature as a player and as a human being," he told Larry Michael, Voice of the Redskins, on "Redskins Nation." "Of course get bigger, faster, stronger, but really focus on technique. So when I’m out there, just everything is just natural, everything is just flowing for me as a player when I’m on the field."
"I definitely want to make more plays this year – score on defense, get interceptions, all those things," he said. "That’s what I’m used to and what I’ve been doing for most of my football career. So, it was odd not to really do it as much last year or at all. So, I’m definitely looking to do that more."
Bottom Line:David Amerson is going to make this roster. At his healthiest, he could be the team's best young corner they have on the roster. I look forward to him having a better year than last. Bold prediction, he gets 5+ interceptions and 20+ pass break ups.