That the Washington Redskins chose to use their first 2013 draft pick on a cornerback was unsurprising. The Redskins’ secondary was one of the worst in the league last season, and the second round of the NFL Draft was stocked with highly touted defensive backs. A number of the familiar names associated with the Redskins were available for the 51st overall selection: D.J. Swearinger from South Carolina, Jamar Taylor from Boise State, and Robert Alford from SE Louisiana to name a few. Instead, Washington selected David Amerson from North Carolina Sate, a physical back who figures to compete for playing time as a rookie considering his competition.
Amerson is a risky gamble for the Redskins. He described himself in post-draft interviews as a “long, ballhawking” player. Sound familiar? After leading the nation in receptions in 2011, Amerson struggled with consistency in the 2012 season. At 6’1”, he is a tall, physical corner who thrived at North Carolina State in press coverage situations. However, talent evaluators are concerned with his ability to stay with vertical plays down the field. Considering the aggressive defensive play-calling of Jim Haslett, Amerson may be an ideal fit. The question now becomes whether the Redskins can survive playing with two corners in Amerson and DeAngelo Hall who excel in play-making, but not coverage down the field.
The Redskins third round selection was equally surprising. With the 85th overall selection, Washington drafted tight end Jordan Reed from the University of Florida. With glaring needs in the secondary and offensive line, Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen decided add depth to the tight end position. With Fred Davis signed to only a one-year deal, Reed figures to be a significant part of the offensive in the years to come. Reed is an athletic tight end who thrives at catching passes with a burst of speed. At Florida, he frequently lined up at wideout and in the backfield. However, he is not a traditional blocking tight end. His athleticism figures to be an asset to the option-read offense of Kyle Shanahan, which may mask his blocking deficiencies. Still, many analysts were surprised at the Redskins selection considering the other team needs entering the draft.
The Washington Redskins have five picks remaining in the 2013 NFL Draft: one in each remaining round and two in the fifth round. The draft resumes tomorrow at 12 PM Eastern.