A week after hearing his name called on the second night of the NFL Draft, cornerback David Amerson this weekend will get his first taste of pro football this weekend as he, his fellow draft picks and another group of undrafted free agents take part in the Washington Redskins’ rookie minicamp.

Over the next three days, the players — who reported to Redskins Park on Thursday — will go through a series of classroom sessions and five practices as they receive their introduction to Washington’s playbook.

Washington selected Amerson with their first pick of the draft (51st overall) with the hope that the North Carolina State product can help improve a secondary that struggled mightily last season, ranking 30th against the pass. The team also selected safeties Phillip Thomas (Fresno State) and Bacarri Rambo (Georgia) in the fourth and sixth rounds, respectively.

“I’m excited to get there and just start familiarizing myself with the playbook and the place that I’m going to be for the next stage of my life,” Amerson said in a phone interview. “I don’t really know what to expect, to be honest with you. I know the defense is similar to what we did in college, they go after turnovers. I know DeAngelo Hall is a D.B. I’ve always looked up to, and I’m really interested in working with him and learning from him.”

Amerson in 2011 led the nation with 13 interceptions, and he added another five last season. He knows that the Redskins drafted him because of that playmaking ability and his impressive size (6 feet 1, 205 pounds) and speed (4.35-second 40-yard dash). He also knows that the level of competition just kicked up another notch and that he will have to spend hours studying his opponents if he wants to duplicate the success he experienced in college.