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Draft Prospect Profile: Clemson LB Stephone Anthony



Anthony's Scouting Combine workout on Feb. 22 was the kind of one-day performance that undoubtedly led many teams to reevaluate their scouting reports. In the on-field drills -- 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and the short shuttle -- he finished among the top five linebackers in every category.

On the positive side, he attacks quickly on run plays up the middle, and displays some patience in waiting for screen passes to develop before attacking. But he also has a tendency to use his speed to overpursue, and sometimes gets caught out of position.

This is evidence of the all-around polish that Anthony's game needs. You could put together a highlight film of Anthony that is second to none among linebackers this year, but there are just as many plays where his athletic gifts are unrestrained.

What Anthony doesn't possess can be coached into him. He needs technical refinement, particularly in pass coverage. He has good raw tools; he's a wild stallion who, when broken, could be an effective three-down linebacker. He also appeared to receive coaching well at the Senior Bowl and took better angles as the week of practice progressed.

But it will probably be a year before the team that drafts him has a firm grasp of what he will become.


Anthony's unofficial 10-yard split of 1.56 seconds was the fourth-fastest among all linebackers who ran at the Combine.

An early glimpse of his athleticism came at Anson (N.C.) High School, where he was a running back, kickoff returner, power forward on the basketball team and catcher on the baseball team.


Weight:243 pounds
Arm:32 1/2 inches (T-19th among 34 Combine LBs)
Hand:10 3/8 inches (2nd among 34 Combine LBs)
Bench Press:23 repetitions (T-8th among 29 Combine LBs)
40-yard dash:4.56 seconds (T-1st among 29 Combine LBs)
Vertical jump:37 inches (T-5th among 28 Combine LBs)
Broad jump:10 feet, 2 inches (4th among 28 Combine LBs)
Three-cone drill:7.07 seconds (T-5th among 22 Combine LBs)
Short shuttle:4.03 seconds (2nd among 23 Combine LBs)


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