Photo of Stephone Anthony
Drafted By: Saints
  • Round 1
  • Pick 31
  • Overall 31

Combine Results

5.78 ?
  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.07 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.03 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Anthony is a big inside linebacker; a prototype. I think his best football is ahead of him. He'll be a starting inside linebacker immediately. He blew it up at the combine. For a guy that big, he's highly athletic." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 243LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/8" Hands


Invited to 2015 Senior Bowl. In 2014, selected first-team All-ACC and Butkus Award semifinalist. Led team in tackles with 90. Forced two fumbles and made an interception. Selected team co-captain. Demoted to backup midway through the 2012 season but came roaring back in 2013, when he was selected third-team All-ACC with 131 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. Played in 13 games (three starts) as true freshman in 2011, recording 32 tackles (six for loss, two sacks). Selected North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year at Anson High School. Also played catcher on baseball team and power forward on basketball team.



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.


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. 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.

Draft Projection

Round 2

Sources Tell Us

"Between the two Clemson linebackers (Vic Beasley and Stephone Anthony), they really put on a show (at the combine). Beasley is going high." -- AFC defensive coordinator

NFL Comparison

Zach Orr

Bottom Line

Anthony showed off his athleticism this post season and now the question becomes whether he can play fast all the time as a pro. He tries to get downhill and make plays, but more often it feels like he's guessing rather than instinctive. If he can play with more control and play to his traits, he'll be a starting linebacker in the league.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.