By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
As reported by Fansided, North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson has declared for the NFL Draft. Entering this season, Amerson was considered to be one of the top corners in the draft, but he was exposed for lacking speed and his stock has taken a major hit.
Still, NFL sources claim that Amerson made the right choice by choosing to enter the draft (via Fansided report):
“He is ready to make the move and there isn’t much anyone can do to convince him to stay,” one source said.
When another source was asked if Amerson was bolting for the NFL they said, “Yeah, he definitely is.”
Amerson has had trouble this year being able to flip his hips and run with receivers in man coverage, which actually makes him a terrible fit with the Jets. Amerson’s skill set suits him to be a zone corner, and the Jets love to collect man-coverage corners.
However, Amerson does have great ball skills and instincts, which make him a perfect candidate to make the conversion to safety. The Jets could have a need at the position with LaRon Landry being an impending free agent, but it seems unlikely that the Jets would bother spending a draft pick on a projection player, especially with Josh Bush waiting in the wings.
Ultimately, I expect a zone-heavy team like the Patriots to take a chance on Amerson in the late first or early second round.