SI's Tony Pauline attached a third-round grade to NC State junior DB David Amerson heading into the 2012 season
. Pauline warns that Amerson is "not as good as his stats would lend one to believe." Throughout the summer we have seen Amerson repeatedly rated among the top-twenty draft-eligible prospects, so Pauline's grade stands out as the minority. However, it is easy to look at a field cornerback that intercepted 12 passes last season as evidence of his skill, so it will be interesting to see if the general opinion changes if Amerson does not come close to achieving those same numbers this year. Pauline does list the 6'3/185 pound "opportunistic" defensive back at corner, but others claim his best option in the NFL is at safety.