The Washington Redskins didn't have a first-round pick in this year's NFL draft. They traded it away last year as part of the deal that landed them quarterback Robert Griffin III. That meant that each of their NFC East rivals got to pick twice before the Redskins' first pick of the draft rolled around. It was the 19th pick of the second round, the 51st overall, and with it they addressed one of their most significant positional needs with the selection of North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson.
Interesting choice, and one that seems to be based on size, upside and college production. Amerson was the No. 15-ranked cornerback in this draft according to Scouts Inc., but the Redskins made him the seventh one taken, passing over the likes of Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Robert Alford, B.w. Webb and of course Tyrann Mathieu. But at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, he's bigger than all of those players.
The knock on Amerson is inconsistency in coverage, which is sure to frustrate Redskins fans unless it's fixable by Raheem Morris at the pro level. But they had to like the 18 interceptions he made in his last two college seasons as proof that he knows how to make a play. Reading the scouting reports and descriptions of him, the way he plays could well remind you of current Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall -- a playmaker liable to make a brilliant interception but just as susceptible to mistakes that result in big plays. The goal will of course be to improve his discipline in coverage, but in the meantime they have a guy who can potentially make a game-changing impact at any time.