The Washington Redskins were scheduled to host North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson and Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas for pre-draft visits, two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
Nevada safety Duke Williams, whose visit with the team previously had been reported, also was scheduled to arrive at Redskins Park Wednesday.
Amerson, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior projected to go in the second or third round of the draft, was expected to meet with members of the team’s defensive staff as Washington continues to evaluate talent leading up to the draft, which will take place April 25-27.
The Redskins don’t have a first-round pick because they traded it along with last year’s first- and second-rounders and next year’s first-round pick to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the No. 2 overall pick, which they used on quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Washington needs to upgrade its secondary after ranking 30th in the league against the pass last season. Both cornerback and safety are positions of need for the Redskins.
Amerson recorded 177 tackles and 18 interceptions in three seasons at N.C. State. He had his best production as a sophomore, when he notched 13 interceptions along with 59 tackles. He has great size and ball instincts, but he has proven susceptible to the double move, and his aggression has gotten him into trouble at times.
Thomas is projected to go in the second- to fourth-round range.
The 6-1, 210-pounder recorded 178 tackles and 13 interceptions as well as six forced fumbles in three seasons at Fresno State. He missed the 2011 season with a dislocated and fractured left ankle, but returned to have a career year in 2012. He was a standout at the Senior Bowl in January and met with Redskins coaches at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
Although he has had some struggles in man coverage, Thomas does a good job of reading the quarterback and flying to the ball. Draft analysts have described him as “an instinctive ballhawk.”
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