David Amerson

David Amerson

David Amerson

Amerson with the Washington Redskins in 2014
No. 29Oakland Raiders
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-12-08) December 8, 1991
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Greensboro (NC) Dudley
College: North Carolina State
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2016
Total tackles: 215
Pass deflections: 57
Interceptions: 8
Forced fumbles: 2
Defensive TDs: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

David Amerson (born December 8, 1991) is an American football cornerback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at NC State, where he was recognized as one of the top college defensive backs.

Early years

Amerson was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended James B. Dudley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, and played for the Dudley Panthers high school football team. According to Rivals.com, he was a four-star college football recruit.[1]

College career

Amerson enrolled in North Carolina State University, where he played for the NC State Wolfpack football team from 2010 to 2012. As a true freshman in 2010, he started nine of 13 games and recorded 50 tackles. Through 11 games of his sophomore season in 2011, Amerson had 51 tackles and led the nation in interceptions with 13.[2] The 13 interceptions beat Dré Bly's record for the most interceptions in a season in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) history.[3] Following the 2011 season, he received the Jack Tatum Trophy for the best college defensive back, first-team All-American honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and ESPN, and first-team All-ACC honors.

At the inaugural Belk Bowl held in Charlotte on December 27, 2011, Amerson broke the record for the most interceptions in a season by an Atlantic Coast Conference competitor. This record of 13 interceptions also led the Football Subdivision during the 2011 season.[4] He finished the game with five tackles, two interceptions, and one touchdown.

Professional career

2013 NFL Draft

Prior to his junior year, Amerson was widely projected to be a top-10 selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.[5][6][7] However, his draft stock dropped after a mediocre junior season.

The Washington Redskins selected Amerson in the second round, with the 51st overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was the highest selected North Carolina State defensive back since Dewayne Washington in 1994.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 205 lb3258 in1012 in 4.35 s 1.50 s 2.50 s 4.13 s 6.75 s 3812 in 11 ft 0 in 15 reps
All value from NFL Combine.[8]

Washington Redskins

Amerson in his rookie season in 2013

The Redskins officially signed him to a four-year contract on May 17, 2013.[9][10] In the Week 4 win against the Oakland Raiders, Amerson got his first NFL interception and he returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.[11] In a Week 9 victory against the San Diego Chargers, he recorded his second career interception.[12]

Amerson was waived by the Redskins on September 21, 2015.[13]

Oakland Raiders

Amerson was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Raiders on September 22, 2015.[14] He picked up the team's defensive scheme well and played his first game for them just five days after being signed.[15] On September 27, 2015, he had three total tackles in his Oakland Raider's debut against the Cleveland Browns. In Week 9, he recorded his first interception as a Raiders off of Pittsburgh Steelers's quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.[16] Amerson had a noticeably outstanding performance In the Week 12 win against the Tennessee Titans, where he recorded an interception and six pass deflections.[17] His six deflections set a new single-game, franchise record.[18] He recorded his third interception of the 2015 season in Week 15 against Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.[19] During a Week 17 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Amerson got his fourth interception of the season and second career pick six after he picked off Alex Smith for a 24-yard touchdown.[20] He was second in the NFL with 25 passes defended during the 2015 season and was named most improved player by Pro Football Focus.

On July 15, 2016, Amerson signed a four-year, $38 million contract extension with roughly $18 million guaranteed.[21]

Career Stats

Year Team Games Tackles Sacks Interceptions Passes


2013 WAS 16 48 0 2 10 1
2014 WAS 15 61 0 0 7 0
2015 WAS-OAK 16 60 0 4 26 1
Total 47 169 0 6 43 2

Personal life

Amerson is childhood friends with wide receiver Keenan Allen, who was also selected in the 2013 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.[22]


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  12. Czarda, Stephen (November 6, 2013). "David Amerson Saves Day Vs. Old Foe". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  13. Hanzus, Dan (September 21, 2015). "Redskins cut David Amerson, former second-rounder". NFL.com. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  14. Bergman, Jeremy (September 22, 2015). "Raiders claim CB David Amerson off waivers". NFL.com. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  15. Paskal, Eddie (October 8, 2015). "David Amerson Earning A Role In Raiders Secondary". Raiders.com. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  16. "Game Notes: Steelers 38 Raiders 35". Raiders.com. November 8, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  17. "Game Notes: Raiders 24 Titans 21". Raiders.com. November 29, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  18. Paskal, Eddie (November 30, 2015). "David Amerson Puts On A Clinic: Five Lessons We Learned From The Raiders Win Over The Titans". Raiders.com. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  19. Bair, Scott (December 20, 2015). "Notes: Raiders CB Amerson shines again vs Packers". CSNBayArea.com. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  20. Teicher, Adam (January 3, 2016). "Chiefs head into postseason with momentum after 10th straight win". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  21. Bergman, Jeremy (July 15, 2016). "David Amerson, Raiders agree on four-year extension". NFL.com. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  22. Boyer, Zac (November 1, 2013). "Childhood friends David Amerson, Keenan Allen look forward to Sunday". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
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