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April 30, 2013

Mr. Amerson goes to Washington



Former NC State cornerback David Amerson has always envisioned the moment he got to experience this past weekend, when he was drafted 51st overall by the Washington Redskins with the 19th pick of the second round.

"Ever since I started playing sports, being a professional is what I've wanted to do," he said. "To accomplish that is a relief and a dream come true."

Amerson knew he was on the Redskins' radar — they told him they were very interested when he visited the nation's capital a few weeks before the draft — and he was honored to not only be their first selection in the event, but also the first former Wolfpacker to come off the board.

Since Washington traded away last year's first-round selection in order to acquire quarterback Robert Griffin III, Amerson knows there are high expectations placed on him as the team's highest rated rookie. However, that's fine because the man who pulled down 13 interceptions as a true sophomore — the second-most ever in FBS history — has high expectations of himself, too.

"They're bringing me in and they expect me to be on the field, wherever that may be," he said. "I definitely have to earn it, nothing is going to be given, and I have to compete to earn my way onto the field.

"I expect myself to be one of the best corners in the league, that's what I'm working towards. That's my motivation at the moment, I want to be the best."

The professional career of Amerson, the former All-American and Jack Tatum Award winner as the best defensive back in the land, will waste no time to get started. He plans to head up to the Redskins' facility on Thursday, and rookie minicamp opens the following day.

"I'm excited to get acclimated and comfortable with the playbook, all of the coverages and where I'm going to be playing at," he said. "I'm going to get a feel for everything and I'm pretty excited."

The draft process was a long and nerve wracking one for Amerson, who admitted it was tough not knowing where he would hear his name called or with which team he would be drafted by. However, he ended up in a great circumstance and is looking to give the defending NFC East Champions what they need to push past the Wild Card round of the playoffs, when they got bounced last season.

"I'm definitely happy with where I ended up," he said. "I couldn't have asked for a better situation - NFC East Champions and Super bowl contenders. I'm going to do everything to add to that good team that's already here and hopefully get a Super Bowl ring. I'm definitely excited to get started."

Amerson leaves NC State with a school-record 18 interceptions and many more unforgettable memories.

"It was a lot of fun at NC State," he said. "I love NC State. Now, I take my challenge to a whole new level in the NFL, and I'm going to give the Redskins everything I've got."


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