Washington Redskins second-round pick, cornerback David Amerson is very excited to be selected by the team with the 51st overall pick. In a conference call with the media, Amerson went on about his pre-draft visit to Redskins Park, saying he had a great feeling about the visit.
“All the feelings just hit me at once. It’s kind of hard to explain,” he said. “I feel perfect, man. [This is] one of the better days of my life.”
During his career at North Carolina State, Amerson tallied 169 career tackles, 131 solo. He is also credited with 73 career tackles against the run. He also collected 18 interceptions, 293 return yards and three touchdowns.
“Making the big play on the defensive side of the ball, turning the ball over, is something that can change the game,” Amerson explained. “It definitely turns games around and steals games as well, and that’s something I try to pride myself on. [It’s] just preparation and knowing when to take chances and when not to. [It’s] just playing football, I can’t really give you a formula.”
Amerson said the only position the coaching staff had ever talked to him about playing was cornerback.
“To see some of the coverages they run and how they play their corners and things like that, I definitely think that I’ll fit into the system,” he said. “I know it’s a hard-nosed defense. [They’ve] got a lot of deep players, a lot of good veterans that just get after it. Something I’d love to be a part of, really. Luckily it worked out like it did.”
“You have to get a lot more smarter in the game,” he said. “I’ve really got to be dedicated to the film room, got to be ready for going against the big-time receivers week in and week out. I have to get back to the basics and back to playing football like I know how to play.”
Last season, Amerson had a bit of a down year compared to his sophomore season (13 interceptions, two touchdowns).
“At the beginning of the season, I was trying to make every play, make every interception, trying to jump every route,” he said. “I started sitting on routes, eyes in the backfield, so it was a lot of beating myself more than getting beat by other receivers. That’s something I had to eliminate. It was hurting my team and hurting myself, so I had to get back to the fundamentals and playing football.”
Amerson has good size (6-1, 205) and speed (4.44 40) and believes he is a good fit for the Redskins defensive scheme.
“We played everything at N.C. State, so it really doesn’t matter. I can adjust to any scheme or any coverage,” he said. “Man-to-man is my ideal coverage because it eliminates the mental aspect of playing football as far as zone coverages.”
When asked if he will be in DC over the weekend, he said he was willing and able to catch the next flight out!
“I’m just looking forward to meeting the team, getting to know my teammates, and helping the Redskins win a Super Bowl.”
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