David Amerson film review: Part III

If you didn’t read parts I and II, read those first:

Part I

Part II

After the review of these games, I’ll do a quick summary at the end.

North Carolina:

Notable moments:

  • (0:00) This game was in 2011. At no point in any of the previous 5 games reviewed here (all 2012) did Amerson look to make a physical tackle like this.
  • (0:52) Again, nice tackle here. Amerson wraps up, brings the running back to the ground. Where was this in 2012?
  • (1:29) Underthrown ball picked off by Amerson. Easy play, but credit Amerson for being in good position.

Louisville:

Notable moments:

  • (0:00) Strange. Amerson recognized run here and attacked the runner aggressively. This game was in 2011. In 2012, he would have been content to be blocked by the WR. What happened in 2012?
  • (0:23) Quick screen Amerson’s way.
  • (0:47) Again, strange. Amerson comes in full speed to make a hit. Didn’t see any of this in 2012.
  • (1:19) Big play. Ball thrown behind the receiver and Amerson makes them pay. INT. Nice catch, and the return is a thing of beauty.
  • (2:33) Not fooled by gadget play.
  • (2:43) Amerson gives up a first down, but again, a nice hit.
  • (3:22) Quick screen Amerson’s way. In 2012, as noted above, he was content to be blocked by the WR. In 2011, he tried to make the tackle.
  • (3:30) Quick screen Amerson’s way. Makes tackle.
  • (3:47) INT on desperation throw on 4th and 23.

Final thoughts:

During the pre-draft interview process, Amerson undoubtedly answered questions to teams about his effort in 2012, which was atrocious. I suspect that whatever he told the Redskins, they bought on some level.

Here are some questions he answered to the media at the Combine, which touched on his penchant for biting on double moves:

On the difference between good 2011 and bad 2012:

“Definitely the amount of touchdowns I gave up this season was disappointing. Just the way I approached this season, not having the right mentality about it.”

Was he looking for INTs in 2012?

“Yes, a lot of sitting on routes and guessing resulted in giving up touchdowns.”

On if he was “reading his clippings” after big ’11 season?

I guess you can say that, but not really. I was just playing to get interceptions, trying to match the 13 (INTs).

On whether he was trying to break NCAA record of 14 INTs?

Yes. I started getting out of character, not letting the game come to me and just not being myself.

On getting torched by Cordarrelle Patterson?

A lot of it was me just beating myself, just sitting on routes. I know I’m way better than that and I know I could play extremely better.

What did the coaches say?

They were just telling me get back to the fundamentals. Stop looking at the quarterback, play your man and just the basic things that I wasn’t doing.

The double moves, for me, are the smaller issue. That can be fixed. It was the lack of effort and the total unwillingness to tackle that is more alarming, and a much harder fix. The talent is clearly there, but Amerson is going to have to decide if he wants to play football at a high level. If he does, he should be a good pro. If not, he’ll be out of the league very quickly. At least he acknowledges that he was bad in 2012.

This pick at 51 was a gamble, unquestionably. NFL people will usually say that the hardest part of scouting is figuring out the mental makeup of players. The Redskins clearly believe that they can get a player more like what Amerson was in 2011 than the player he was in 2012. To be determined if they’re right.

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21 Comments

  1. DaCrock says:

    Since we’re dissecting Amerson’s game tape, you might also want to hear what his former NC State DBs coach Mike Reed had to say about his potential, as well as his 2012 performance. Reed did a Q&A with Rich Campbell of the Washington Times on 4/30/13:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/redskins-watch/

    Ironically, with his pupil Amerson departing for the NFL, Reed is now the DB coach at Clemson. Make of that what you will.

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  3. horatius says:

    At least he didn’t pull a Nnamdi and blame the safety.

  4. Redskins Fan says:

    By year three, if everything works out, the Redskins SHOULD be a Superbowl contender every year. Dogging it would potentially cost him more, as the premium on Superbowl Starters is pretty high; if he had a good season, and got the team to the Superbowl, he could look at a mega paycheck. So I’m not saying that’s not possible (there was a big SHOULD in that first sentence, after all), but it’s as likely to be the other way; he might be looking hard to have his best season then.

    1. Dez Bryant's Probation Officer says:

      That’s exactly my analysis with respect to the Eagles and Jordan Poyer.

  5. Mandmeisterx says:

    Some atrocious QB in these videos, especially BC. Just gross.

  6. Juz Saying says:

    This kid was Ah bigger reach than Frederick ,I can see this Kid getting Yanked by Shannahan after getting beat deep ,by Cruz,DJax & Dez!

    1. horatius says:

      A second round pick is by definition a smaller reach than a first round pick.

      1. Greg says:

        There’s a difference if you’re reaching for a second rounder with your first, than a seventh rounder with your second.

        1. horatius says:

          Reaching for a 3rd rounder in the first is a significantly bigger reach than reaching for a 4th rounder in the second. Or are you going to argue that Amerson with all his measurables and his game tape is worth less than a 4th rounder?

          1. Bob says:

            No. But I’d argue that Frederick with all his tape and strength is worth a high second, so that was a marginal reach.

            1. jarem says:

              He is a center…best centers can be had later…for example, some argue Brian Schwenke was a better player (arguable) but he was had in the 4th. Not even a comparison. Plus, Dallas traded down from mid 1st round and only got a 3rd round pick out of it. Terrible terrible decisions

    2. horatius says:

      He won’t be covering Cruz. He’s not a slot corner.

  7. WeGotLinemen says:

    Why the difference in physicality, perhaps he was already looking forward to the draft and was scared about getting injured. Also, he might just have fallen to the media emphasis on big plays. I bet he got a ton of attention for those 13-interceptions and not much for taking on blockers on run plays.

    Having a great season two years before the draft is also a bit of a millstone. Everytime you see a pass-rusher slip back from a huge year you start hearing a lot about how the player may have regressed or that their best season should perhaps be discounted as an outlier. Brandon Jenkins took a hit for this in a lot of scouting reports because he got fewer sacks in 2011 than he did in 2010 (prior to losing 2012 to injury).

    It will be interesting to see whether Jadeveon Clowney has a down year after getting injury insurance. It’s a sensible move, but I can’t help but wonder whether it will nag at him. Will that policy give him re-assurance or just provide a reminder that his pro-career lies on the other side of another season of amateur football.

    1. “It will be interesting to see whether Jadeveon Clowney has a down year after getting injury insurance.”

      Great point. Something to watch.

  8. Dick Dickinson says:

    Unfortunately I agree with your analysis of Amerson, some of his 2012 tape was horrific. I’m hoping that he can put the year behind him and play like the 2011 Amerson, who was worthy of a top 15 pick. I am also hoping that falling out of the top 50 has given him a chip on his shoulder, in which case we would have drafted a starter for the next 5 years.

    1. mjoedgaard says:

      The big problem comes if he has a good year in year 3 of rookie contract, but the Redskins low ball him, I could see him selling out to get ints (ints are where the money are unless you are a lock down cb) and then shy away from contact (not get injured)

      1. Sheldon Brown did it.

        1. mjoedgaard says:

          He never shied away from contract, but did begin to sell out for ints because he saw Samuel on the other side get twice his money and only really getting interceptions. Both was equal good at locking down the WR and Brown was superior in run defense

          1. Right, I meant the INT thing only.

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