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Amerson reported to be NFL bound

Posted January 5, 2013

— North Carolina State junior cornerback David Amerson will be making the jump to the NFL according to reports and supportive messages from another Wolfpack athlete.

According to a report Friday from Darren Heitner, a sports business writer for Forbes, Amerson will enter the NFL Draft and was in the process of submitting his papers to NFL.

While the announcement has not yet been made official by Amerson, he has garnered the support from Rodney Purvis, a freshman guard on NC State’s basketball team. David Amerson Our Lens On: David Amerson

“Funny how fans react when a athlete decides to go pro and fulfill his dreams,” Purvis wrote Saturday morning on his Twitter account. “Dave Amerson has proven himself and left a huge impact at NCSU.”

A statement from the university Saturday hinted that Amerson’s departure is a foregone conclusion; it’s just a matter of making it official.

“He said he would let me know when he is ready to announce and he hasn’t done so,” a school spokesperson stated. “No idea if he actually submitted the paperwork or not.”

Amerson set a school and ACC record as a sophomore with 13 interceptions, a mark that was punctuated with two picks in a Belk Bowl win over Louisville. N.C. State Logo More NCSU Stories

While many have deemed Amerson’s junior campaign a “down year,” the 6-foot-3 Greensboro native upped his pass break-ups mark from five to 12 and still tied for the conference lead with five interceptions. Amerson also added 61 tackles from his corner position this past season.

Amerson, a consensus All-America in 2011, will leave NC State as the school's all-time leader in interceptions with 18.

Multiple draft projections have Amerson as a top-10 NFL-eligible player at the cornerback position and suggest him to be a third- or fourth-round pick.

Amerson will join a host of other juniors that have already declared for the draft including fellow cornerbacks Tharold Simon (LSU), Tyrann Mathieu (LSU), Mike Edwards, (Hawaii), Xavier Rhodes (Florida St.) and Logan Ryan (Rutgers).

The deadline for underclassmen to submit their paperwork for the NFL Draft is Jan. 15.

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  • duane11 Jan 9, 9:43 a.m.

    my last image of Amerson, is giving up the 4th and long completion for a first down in the bowl game, while Earl Wolff was flattening the qb...State was still in the game up until that point

  • Ken D. Jan 6, 1:40 p.m.

    As a Carolina fan, I hate to see him go.

    — Posted by PacknoPride

    As a State fan, I don't.

    I don't mean to knock him. He's pretty good. But teams figured out that... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again01

    I'm not sure he would learn more about playing defense by staying around. He either has the talent to play in the NFL or he doesn't. If he's still in school just to get a pro career, rather than an education, he might as well find out now if that's in the cards for him.

    I'm guessing the new coaching staff would rather invest their energy working with a younger player who's going to be in the system for more than just next season.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Jan 6, 11:23 a.m.

    As a Carolina fan, I hate to see him go.

    — Posted by PacknoPride

    As a State fan, I don't.

    I don't mean to knock him. He's pretty good. But teams figured out that he bites on the first move hoping to make a play on the ball. So double moves burn him every time. Last year was good for him. This year he was exposed. He needs one more year before going pro IMO. I wish him well, but we're not losing an all-star in Amerson.

  • ncguy Jan 6, 10:37 a.m.

    He doesn't want to be around next year because he knows it's gonna be a tough year- ya tougher than this year.

    As for being a 3rd round pick? maybe but so Was Russell wilson - you can watch him tonight on TV STARTING QB for the NFL

    so ya never know

  • wolfpackfan15 Jan 6, 9:28 a.m.

    Best of luck to you David. You will do well in the NFL. You will be missed at N.C. State, I, personally, know I loved you watching you make big plays! But, it is time for you to move on to bigger and better things, and I know you want to really break out! This is your time, make the best of it! I will continue to root for you wherever you go. GO PACK!

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 6, 7:22 a.m.

    With a new coaching staff, next year may have been a struggle for Amerson, so I can't blame him for bolting to the NFL. Some team may take a chance on him, and it's better to try out for the NFL when you have one great year and one bad year, than one great year followed by two bad years.

  • laytonjlje Jan 5, 11:03 p.m.

    Amerson relies too much on his talent. Poor work habits equals failure in any occupation. He will need to become coachable if he wants to stay in the NFL very long.

  • mrwufabc Jan 5, 8:03 p.m.

    Thank goodness. Good luck. You win some, you Amersome.

  • tayled Jan 5, 7:46 p.m.

    Amerson was beaten on many a play this year because unlike in 2011, when he was so good (a) teams learned how to play him; and (2) he did not have the team around him defensivel that he had in 2011, specifically Mr. Manning and Mr. Cole.

    I think coming out this year will be good for the team, but might be a bad move for him individually.

  • PacknoPride Jan 5, 7:32 p.m.

    As a Carolina fan, I hate to see him go.

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