Admit it Redskins nation, when you heard David Amerson you scratched your head for a few seconds then launched into dialogue or monologue, depending on your level of draft day solitude, justifying why a cornerback made sense with the team’s first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
In your heart of hearts, though, you didn’t believe a word of it. With DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, E.J. Biggers and second-year man Richard Crawford, the Redskins had serviceable corners. What they didn’t have was anyone capable of matching up with the league’s explosion of talented tight ends or a safety with an ability to turn and run with wide receivers released by corners — and S D.J. Swearinger, selected by Houston six picks later, was there for the taking.
Moreover, if cornerback was the pick at 51, why wasn’t it Boise State’s Jamar Taylor? Amerson is a couple inches taller and offers about 10 more pounds to love, but Taylor was generally the more heralded prospect. It will be intriguing to track the careers of these two young corners. Amerson’s a solid choice and plays with an aggressiveness that creates turnovers — and touchdowns for opposing wide receivers — but with comparable players at the same position and a more pressing need at safety, his selection is ripe for criticism.