Amerson reported to be NFL bound
Posted January 5, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.
“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.
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.