Ashburn, VA (Sports Network) - The Washington Redskins announced the signing
of cornerback David Amerson, the team's highest selection in last month's NFL
Draft, on Friday.
The Redskins took Amerson, who led the nation with 13 interceptions as a
sophomore at North Carolina State in 2011, with the 19th pick (51st overall)
of the second round. The team did not have a first-rounder as part of last
year's trade with St. Louis that enabled Washington to land reigning NFL
Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall draft
of the 2012 draft.
Amerson won the Jack Tatum Award honoring the top defensive back in college
football following his sophomore campaign with the Wolfpack, and set a school
record with 18 career interceptions before declaring for the draft as an early
The Redskins also signed their fourth-round pick, Fresno State safety Phillip
Thomas, on Friday. The 24-year-old led all of FBS with eight interceptions
last season en route to earning first team All-American and Mountain West
Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Washington now has six of its seven 2013 draft choices under contract, with
Florida tight end Jordan Reed (3rd Round) the lone member of the class yet to
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