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New England Patriots Draft Prospects: David Amerson, Desmond Trufant

Some more news regarding potential New England Patriots targets in the defensive backfield in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft.

North Carolina State Wolfpack cornerback David Amerson is viewed by NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock as a “boom or bust” player, and he cites the drop-off from his sophomore season to his junior season. Amerson probably should have stated with N.C. State for another year, and he did little to quell the doubts regarding his ability to be a viable cornerback in the NFL as opposed to being a safety. Mayock’s view of Amerson is right on point, and it is far less pessimistic than Kevin Weidl’s assertion that Amerson is a “Third Day” prospect.

Amerson’s huge drop-off between those two seasons was greater than any player in this draft, and he really hurt his draft stock after a 13-pick year. Amerson was repeatedly burned in his last season with the Wolfpack, but at least he had a great Combine.

Washington Huskies cornerback Desmond Trufant has an excellent NFL pedigree, but Mayock believes that Trufant’s draft stock hinges on what front offices think about his physicality. There are no shortage of opinions on Trufant, who had a great Combine and showed better speed than I expected. The former Washington corner did get burned quite a bit last season, but I bet Trufant ends up getting taken in the late first-round as some teams will likely be very high on him.

Add Syracuse’s Shamarko Thomas as a sleeper in the third-round to watch for, as Mayock compared the Combine standout to Bob Sanders. Thomas isn’t getting much hype due to the depth and talent at the safety position in this draft class, but the Sanders comparison is intriguing and makes me think that Thomas is worth looking at from a Patriots perspective.

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