When the Redskins made David Amerson their first pick of the draft, I immediately thought of the idea of playing him at safety.
Since then, the Redskins drafted two safeties and Shanahan has made it clear that he expects to have Amerson playing corner on the outside, more specifically on the right.
After re-signing DeAngelo Hall and restructuring Josh Wilson's contract, the Redskins seem to have their starting corner positions filled.
Meanwhile, Amerson will likely battle with recently-signed free agent E.J. Biggers for the No. 3 cornerback spot.
And the rookie couldn't be in a better situation.
For starters, the position competition is healthy, entertaining and telling.
How does he fare working his way up the depth chart? How does he improve over the course of camp? How does he deal with progress and/or setbacks? All of that can be very good for a greenhorn like Amerson.
Second, battle at any spot on the field improves the overall quality of given position.
Although inconsistent last season, Biggers isn't chopped liver. He's a guy that defensive backs coach Raheem Morris drafted while serving as head coach in Tampa Bay, and he's a guy that's looking to take the next step in his career. He's hungry too.
Finally, the Redskins lacked depth at the position, and maybe still do. But Amerson helps fill the void at corner by way of youth, athleticism and playmaking ability.