David Amerson And The BucsApril 2nd, 2013
It seems as if Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik has addressed in some fashion every weakness this offseason, both real and perceived, on the Bucs roster but one.
That would be cornerback. This has positively driven Bucs fans bananas (which, in turn, has been great for sports websites and local sports radio). The inactivity by Dominik to address cornerback in free agency has, Joe is sure, meant brisk business for area shrinks.
Now there is a guy in the draft that may not be a quick fix at cornerback but could be a profitably long-term project, David Amerson from the college football hotbed of North Carolina State.
Amerson is a tease on some respects. He gets the combine crowd all worked up with his measurables. He’s big, tall and not exactly slow.
But then, you turn on the video and, egads, he can be toasty. This is why Amerson is intriguing. Yeah, he should have stayed in school another year. Are his failures on the field because he’s just way overrated or is it just bad coaching?
“Definitely the amount of touchdowns I gave up this season was disappointing,” Amerson told Joe and other pen and mic types at the NFL Combine. “Just the way I approached this season, not having the right mentality about it. I was just playing to get interceptions, trying to match the 13 [NCAA record]. I’ve definitely never been the type to point the finger. If I give up something, I’ll be the first to admit it. It’s just the way it is.”
Given the fact that cornerbacks of Amerson’s size don’t grow on trees, he’s worth a gamble, maybe not until the third day of the draft.
“It allows me to get my fingers on the ball sometimes when I’m not supposed to,” Amerson said of his height. “And as far as getting hands on receivers and making plays that a guy a little bit shorter than me probably couldn’t make, it definitely helps me.
“When you have receivers like Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, big, tall freaks of nature, you definitely need someone to match up against them. So that’s probably why bigger corners are more popular now.”
If Dominik is willing to roll the dice on Myron Lewis, why not Amerson and hope Bucs coach Greg Schiano, a former secondary coach himself, can mold him?
“Hopefully [NFL teams] see my good plays outweigh my bad,” Amerson said. “Whatever happens, happens. I can just go out here and perform to the best of my ability and show them what I can do as far as me being an athlete. Just see how it plays out.”