David Amerson admittedly spent the 2012 college football season chasing the NCAA interceptions record. As a result, the 6-1, 205-pound cornerback from North Carolina State spent a lot of time chasing receivers with the football down the field.
Amerson broke the ACC record with 13 interceptions in 2011. He entered 2012 with a lot of NFL eyes on him, but his stock dropped considerably after a shaky season in which he was beaten a number of times in coverage.
He told reporters down at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that his approach to the 2012 season was all wrong.
“I was just playing to get interceptions, trying to match the 13 (from 2011),” Amerson said. “A lot of sitting on routes and guessing resulted in giving up touchdowns. I started getting out of character, not letting the game come to me and just not being myself.”
Amerson’s season got off to a troubling start when Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson, who’s considered the best receiver available in next month’s draft, had his way with Amerson to the tune of six catches for 93 yards and a score in the first game of the season.
In a game against Miami (Fla.) later in the year, Amerson was beaten on four touchdown passes.
The entire 2012 season for Amerson can be summed up in one word – inconsistent.
So, Amerson came to the Combine with something to prove and did very well for himself when he measured 6-foot-1 and showed terrific straight-line speed in the 40-yard dash at 4.44 seconds.
The game film doesn’t lie when it comes to Amerson, though, which is why interested teams will evaluate him very carefully over the next two months.
The measurables all fit the Lions profile for what they like in their cornerbacks, but also what they might be looking for in a cover safety.
Amerson played safety in high school, and though he only played cornerback at NC State, said he had teams talk to him about safety at the Combine.
“I don’t have a problem with it,” Amerson said of a switch to safety. “I just see myself as a playmaker in the secondary wherever (I play). My first love on defense was safety. So I don’t think it would be too hard for me. It wouldn’t be too much of a challenge.”
The Lions had success converting cornerback Amari Spievey to safety in training camp in 2010.
Amerson’s size, speed and skill set make him an interesting prospect — one worth keeping an eye on over the next two months.
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