Former North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson entered his junior season in Raleigh as a potential top ten pick, but after struggling in the season opener against Tennessee and never seeming to return to his sophomore form, Amerson slid down draft boards and fell as far as the third or fourth-round on some draft boards.
However, Amerson’s stock could be back on the rise.
After running a hand time of 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, Amerson erased questions about his long speed. The electronic time for Amerson was still an impressive 4.44 seconds.
The numbers were exactly what scouts wanted to see from one of the best ball-hawking defensive backs in this year’s draft class.
Just how much did Amerson help himself in Indianapolis? Look no further than NFL Network’s Mike Mayock who said that Amerson “opened some eyes” and very well could sneak into the first-round of April’s draft.
Amerson will have to continue his impressive work in the draft season at the North Carolina State Pro Day and continue to show some improvement with his fluidity and stiff hips. Those are two areas that could benefit Amerson if he can make an improvement. The 40-time was nice, but showing his ability to open hips, change direction and recover is the remaining question in Amerson’s game.
Luckily for the former Wolfpack star, teams view him as both a cornerback and safety prospect. The versatility could provide even more of a boost to his draft stock.
Could Amerson sneak into the first-round like Mayock suggested? We will have to wait and see, but the former top ten prospect is definitely worth watching as we continue through the draft process.
Personally, I view Amerson as a mid to late second-round prospect even with his impressive showing at the combine.
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