There's been a lot of talk about getting more production from the nickel corner. It's no secret that Marcus Trufant was one of the weak links of the Seahawks defense this past season. In my mind, the Seahawks already have their long term nickel on the roster in Jeremy Lane. I'm a big fan of Lane's and think that with another season of experience he'll no longer just be an excellent gunner but a very good nickel CB as well.
What I do wonder about the Seahawks CB situation is whether or not Brandon Browner will be here long term. He'll be 29 when his contract expires next season. He'll probably be looking for his first real big payday, since the Seahawks signed him to a futures contract 3 years ago that has paid him a modest amount. He may decide to be extremely loyal to the only NFL team that gave him a shot but that might also be overly optimistic, idealistic, and unrealistic thinking.
So with that being said and his departure in the near future a legitimate possibility, it might be smart for the Hawks to start looking at potential replacements. Finding another Brandon Browner might be nearly impossible, but there's a guy I've had my eye on for a while now who I think could really thrive in Seattle's defensive system. David Amerson, the 6'3 corner out of NC State who set the NCAA record for interceptions in a single season in 2011.
So it's obvious he's not the perfect prospect, but not many are. The thing I wonder is if he falls on draft day, would the Seahawks be interested in the mid rounds? If you watch the videos on him, he isn't asked to play much press coverage. Some point out that he doesn't seem to want to tackle or hit, but there's evidence that points to the contrary. I think he's just a little bit reckless as a tackler and could use someone like Tru to help him work on his tackling technique, or Browner for that matter. I think if you draft this kid and let him learn behind some excellent defensive backs, you might just be on to a star. He's got great ball skills and is a threat to run with the ball after the INT.
The tape on him might be pretty ugly but that might help the Seahawks come draft day, if they're interested. If his stock takes a hit, I'd like to see Seattle make a play for him.