In rounds two and three, the Washington Redskins selected North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson (51st overall) and Florida tight end Jordan Reed (85th overall).
With D.J. Swearinger and Phillip Thomas still available in the second and third rounds, respectively, the Redskins opted not to select a safety with either of their first two picks. Instead, the team picked up two players who could play bigger roles when 2014 rolls around. The team’s top three cornerbacks (DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and E.J. Biggers) and starting tight end Fred Davis all have contracts that are set to expire after the 2013 season.
During an eye-opening sophomore season in 2011, Amerson intercepted an ACC record 13 passes for North Carolina State. However, this past season marked a regression for the 6-foot-1 cornerback. He was burned by receivers throughout the season but still managed five interceptions.
The nation’s 19th best safety prospect coming out of Dudley High School, Amerson told local reporters in a conference call that he will strictly play cornerback.
Reed, 6-foot-2 and 236 pounds, was a highly-touted dual-threat quarterback coming out of high school in Connecticut but made the move to tight end with the Gators. His versatility should help his adjustment to the dynamic Redskins offense.
During a conference call with local reporters, Reed shed light on head coach Mike Shanahan’s approach to the draft, admitting he had no idea the team was interested in him and that the team had not contacted him at any point before tonight.
In his 2012 senior season, Reed started 12 of 13 games and caught a team-leading 45 passes for 559 yards and three touchdowns.
Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Jake Russell