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Clemson LB Stephone Anthony "is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker with the closing burst to chase down backs and the stopping power to limit production after contact," according to ESPN's Steve Muench.

"While he has limitations in coverage and he's just an average pass-rusher at this point, he doesn't have to leave the field on third down. He has the range and awareness to hold up in underneath zone, plus he flashes the ability to play the ball," Muench wrote. The analyst believes Anthony could be a Day 2 target of the 49ers, who lost ILBs Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to retirement. "It's also worth noting that the 49ers could move Ahmad Brooks inside and then target an outside linebacker like Utah's Nate Orchard on Day 2 or one of the more underrated players in this draft in North Dakota State's Kyle Emanuel on Day 3," Muench wrote. The 49ers have already "taken a close look" at Anthony, the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee reported earlier this month.
Mar 30 - 1:08 AM

Clemson LB Stephone Anthony "has the ability to be at least a consistent force at inside linebacker," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Anthony ranks as the No. 4 linebacker on the scribe's position rankings. "Anthony has the athleticism to be an NFL linebacker, but he's not an explosive talent," Zierlein wrote. "He tries to get downhill and make plays, but more often it feels like he's guessing rather than instinctive. He'll take high-risk chances that will turn some coaches off. Anthony can make it in the league but he might be more of a depth-chart player than a long-time starter." Zierlein compares Anthony to Zach Orr. At the combine, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Anthony recorded a 4.56 forty, 1.57 10 yard split, 37" vertical, 10'2" broad jump, 7.07 3-cone and 4.03 20-yard short shuttle.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 11:07 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley is a "high-impact talent, but needs to crank up competitive nature in order to reach his potential."

"Has speed and explosion to become an absolute menace for a creative defensive coordinator. High-impact talent, but needs to crank up competitive nature in order to reach his potential. Teams privately gushed about his ability to carry speed at the combine to go along with his additional weight," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-3, 246-pound Beasley lacks the ideal size at the next level to play DE, but should be a highly productive pass rusher as a 3-4 OLB. Beasley recorded 33 career sacks during his time at Clemson and was a natural, as a pass rusher. Zierlein calls Beasley "one of the best pure edge rushers in the draft, but needs more sophistication to his approach."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 3:37 PM

Clemson LB Stephone Anthony "has the ability to be at least a consistent force at inside linebacker," writes NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"But based only on one major slip in college, the team that drafts him must make sure he remains actively engaged after finally getting a nice paycheck in his ninth consecutive year of competitive football," Cooney wrote. At the combine, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Anthony recorded a 4.56 forty, 1.57 10 yard split, 37" vertical, 10'2" broad jump, 7.07 3-cone and 4.03 20-yard short shuttle. "I think my 40-time sparked a lot of people and just my athleticism through the different drills and definitely in the position work, watching me move," said Anthony. Added Cooney: "Those who questioned his speed and athleticism are rethinking their reports after Anthony's outstanding combine performance."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 10:58 PM

Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley's "rare combination of athletic abilities keep moving him up draft boards and, although he needs to work on shedding blockers, he can already avoid them well enough to be a consistent trouble-maker," noted NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"Beasley's freakish athleticism will be best displayed at outside linebacker in the NFL," Cooney wrote. "He leverages a blink-quick first step into an effective array of pass rush moves. If a blocker steps out to take on the up-field rush, Beasley darts inside. Or vice versa. Although he seems to have abilities to play sideline-to-sideline, Beasley appears lost doing something other than chasing down somebody in the backfield." The 6-foot-3-inch Beasley ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds at the combine and posted 44.5 TFL over the last two seasons. "Teams really just want to see me dropping in coverage," Beasley himself said. "They haven't seen me with my hand off the ground that much and obviously they want me to play the 3-4 outside linebacker position at the next level, so they want to see me drop."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 5:11 PM

Clemson DT Grady Jarrett "doesn't have ideal length but is a much better football player than his measureables indicates," opines Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

Because of the loss of Vince Wilfork (Texans) and the injury history of 2014 first-round pick Dominique Easley, the analyst believes defensive tackle will be targeted early again by New England. That's where Jarrett comes in. "He plays with quality leverage, has powerful and heavy hands and the quickness to create disruption in the backfield both as a run defender and as an interior pass-rusher," Weidl wrote. "Jarrett would bring strong value if still available late in the second round."
Mar 20 - 5:54 PM

Saints DC Rob Ryan, LBs coach Joe Vitt and scout Jeff Ireland met with and put Clemson LB Stephone Anthony through a workout, according to Tony Pauline.

Anthony is one of the more popular names since the Combine, and while teams were likely interested before that event, his ridiculous testing numbers certainly helped. The Saints have two linebackers in David Hawthorne and Dannell Ellerbe, both 29, so expect the team to add a second level defender early in the draft. Anthony will likely be taken in the second-round, but don't rule out a possible first-round selection.
Mar 20 - 9:28 AM

An AFC defensive coordinator said Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley is the best outside linebacker in the draft.

"He's pretty much what you are looking for if you are a 3-4 team," the DC said. "I think he can play inside or outside because he moves so well. Out of the top-rated outside 'backers, he's the best in my opinion." The 6-foot-3-inch Beasley ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds at the combine and posted 44.5 TFL over the last two seasons. Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan compared Beasley's Indy workout to Mike Mamula's famous showing in 1995.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 8:23 PM

Clemson LB Stephone Anthony will be an appealing option the 49ers in the draft following the retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, observes NFL Media.

The 49ers have "taken a close look" at him, the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee reported recently. "Anthony (6-foot-2 5/8, 243 pounds) seemingly has rocketed up draft boards since the end of the season, to the point where he could be the first true inside linebacker selected," noted College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. Anthony was benched in 2012, but rededicated himself and is now on the precipice of a Day 2 call. "He got refocused," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney told the Anderson (S.C.) Independent Mail. "He's as good a person, player, committed guy as I've been around."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 10:17 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper pointed out that "no player did more to solidify his stock at the NFL combine" than Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley.

The 6-foot-3-inch Beasley ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds at the combine, but that wasn't close to all. "There wasn't a single category in which Beasley wasn't among the top performers at his position, and when you can point to the production he had at Clemson -- 44.5 TFL over the last two seasons -- you can build a pretty good case to draft him inside the top 10," Kiper wrote. "Beasley is a better fit as an OLB, but I don't think he's a guy you have to take with a perfect system in mind, as the physical tools are there for him to adjust and succeed." The analyst ranks Beasley as the class' No. 10 overall prospect.
Mar 16 - 1:59 AM

The Dolphins worked out Clemson LB Stephone Anthony.

The team also took Anthony out to dinner the night before. Chivalry is not dead. The Dolphins just moved on from Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler, so a future with Jelani Jenkins, Koa Misi and Stephone Anthony could make sense. We still wish Dion Jordan was allowed to play in space more often.
Mar 14 - 1:17 PM

Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley "has an elite trait with his first-step quickness and flexibility turning the corner, while also showing an effective inside changeup and explosive closing burst," observes ESPN's Kevin Weidl.

The analyst believes Beasley is a great fit for the Saints at No. 13. New Orleans' finished 25th in the league with 34 sacks last year and desperately needs a gifted roster. Enter Beasley, who ran 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash at 246 pounds at the combine. "[Beasley] helped his stock with an outstanding combine showing last month," Weidl wrote.
Mar 12 - 9:42 PM

Clemson DT Grady Jarrett "is a potential second-day steal," according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

We couldn't agree more. Jarrett compares his own game to undrafted Hall of Famer John Randle (6-foot-1, 287) and likes to remind folks that Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (6-foot-1, 285) won the 2014 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. The 6-foot-1, 304-pound Jarrett is extremely disruptive, despite his smaller-than-ideal frame. We grade him as a top-30 prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 11 - 4:23 PM

NFL.com sees Clemson DT Grady Jarrett as a possible Ndamukong Suh replacement for the Lions if they don't select a tackle in Round 1.

As a loyal reader, you know we would absolutely cosign the drafting of Jarrett in Round 2. In the eyes of Rotoworld, this undersized terror is a top-30 prospect. "Jarrett is on the short side at 6-1 and lacks length, but he pursues the ball with great effort and could be a nice option for Mayhew if he decides to draft a different position in the first round," wrote Chase Goodbread.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 10 - 12:00 AM

At his pro day workout, Clemson DT Grady Jarrett improved his 40-yard dash and bench press from the combine.

Jarrett's 40-yard dash improved from 5.06 to 5.03, and his bench press went from 30 to 33 reps. "He is just a football player," Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney said. "You can measure the times, but you can't measure their heart. He plays with a chip on his shoulder. In a humble way." Josh Norris is as high on Jarrett as anyone, ranking him as a top-30 prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 9 - 7:00 PM


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