by Tyler Aston
Stephone Anthony: ILB, Clemson, 6’3, 243lbs
Overview: Anthony was a unanimous 5 star recruit out of Anson High in North Carolina. He made 35 starts, recorded 330 tackles, 9.5 sacks, and 3 interceptions, and 5 forced fumbles during his four years at Clemson. Clemson used Anthony in an extremely aggressive manner. He was often blitzed, and is moving forwards at the snap on the vast majority of plays. He does a great job of using his athleticism on the football field and has sideline to sideline range.
In the run game he’s far more willing than most collegiate LBs to engage with OL, and with coaching should be able to become more effective at getting off blocks. His speed allows him to run down running backs. He has a natural feel of how to best reach the running back. His tackling is overall solid but at times he gets lazy with his footwork and tries to arm tackle. He occasionally takes bad angles against better competition. He doesn’t seem to be very good at reading what he is seeing, and gets by due to his athleticism and ability to get to the ball.
In the pass game Anthony is a much harder player to judge, due to the manner in which Clemson used him. He simply didn’t play as much coverage as other prospects. He’s a pretty average blitzer, with the ability to fight through a blocker, but lacking that intuitive ability of finding holes in the protection. He does a good job of sniffing out screens and sticking with the back in man to man situations. Struggles mightily against play action, as he bites far too hard on run fakes. Uncomfortable in zone coverage. Doesn’t seem to have a feel for play developing around him or passing lanes.
Grade: 3rd Round