David Amerson (CB), North Carolina State
6-1 | 205 lbs.
61 tackles, 5 INT, 1 TD, 17 PD
Put up numbers his last two years with the Wolfpack, intercepting 18 passes and returning three for touchdowns--he also defended 33 passes and won every major position award in an All-American junior season; teams threw this way less in his junior year, but his height and length allow him to make plays once the ball is in the air; played primarily zone and read quarterbacks, which lead some to believe he could make the transition to safety, where he played in high school; an underrated tackler for how good he is in pass defense
Does not have tons of experience as a man-to-man defender, where he tends to be stiff when turning and recovering when beat; can be beat on double moves, and his fundamentals as a whole could use work despite having the athleticism and awareness of a first-round pick
Fit for Bears:
Here's an intriguing fit for the Bears. He creates turnovers. Check. He isn't afraid to hit runners. Check. And he excels in zone coverage. Check. That's 3-for-3 on what the Bears are looking for in a cornerback, and what better mentor for Amerson than Charles Tillman. He may not be around when the Bears select at No. 50, but if he slips because teams don't like the aforementioned fundamentals he could be there. He's got the skillset of a classic Bears cornerback. Will he be the next great one?