Redskins sign 2 draft picks: CB Amerson, S Thomas
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ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins signed second-round draft pick David Amerson and fourth-round choice Phillip Thomas on Friday, leaving one of their seven selections without a rookie deal: Florida tight end Jordan Reed.
Amerson is a cornerback from North Carolina State who was the 51st overall pick last month, Washington's highest because it traded its first-rounder to the St. Louis Rams in the deal that brought quarterback Robert Griffin III to the Redskins.
In 2011, Amerson set a single-season Atlantic Coast Conference record with 13 interceptions and won the Jack Tatum Award as the nation's top defensive back. He was more of a hit-or-miss player last season, though, making five interceptions while getting beat for some long touchdowns.
Thomas is a turnover-maker, too: The Fresno State safety led major college football with eight interceptions last season.
Thomas, an All-American, was the 119th overall selection in last month's NFL draft. He sat out the 2011 season with a broken left leg and dislocated ankle.
The Redskins hope both defensive backs will help improve a unit that ranked 30th in the NFL against the pass last season.
Reed was taken in the third round, the 85th overall pick.
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