NFL Draft Scouting Report: Stephone Anthony

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Nov 15, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Stephone Anthony (42) tackles Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Broderick Snoddy (22) in the second quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Another Scout’s Take

Strengths:’s Lance Zlerlein said of Anthony’s Strengths, “Has desired build for position. Good play speed and is generally under control. Steady, consistent tackler when he’s squared up. Has speed to chase to the sidelines and finish the play. Able to cover tight ends in passing game. Breaks to ball quickly against pass.

“Flashes ball skills and will play through pass-catchers. Features traits to be a more effective blitzer if called upon. Will compete through whistle and is physical against skill-position players. Lost job as junior and regained starting position with hard work and good attitude. Can cover ground laterally.”

Weaknesses: Zlerlein said of his weaknesses, “Below average take-on skills. Plays with poor leverage when taking on blocks. Needs to improve hand usage and utilize better arm extension to keep blockers off him. Has tendency to side-step blocks and open run lanes.

“Can be mismatched by running backs down the field in passing game. Sluggish dropping into zone coverage and will drift too deep. Slow to process and recover against play-action. There are times he gets downhill without diagnosing first, creating bad angles to the ball against outside runs.”

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