Big Blue View has fallen in love. They've fallen in love with one of the fastest risers in the draft in Clemson inside linebacker Stephone Anthony. The love is for good reason, you probably couldn't sculpt a better looking linebacker according the specifications the Giants reportedly look for. Let's take a look at him more in depth.
- Length is ideal at 6-foot-3, 243 pounds with 32.5-inch arms
- Plus athleticism for his position. Really underrated here.
- Attacking style makes him the best blitzing off-ball linebacker in the draft.
- Instincts in pass coverage are above average.
- Hard working player and reportedly clean character
- Stack/shed needs some work
- Run defense is average
- Lateral agility is average
- Sometimes makes the wrong reads going downhill and takes himself out of plays
Does He Fit With The Giants?
Yes, and that's beyond simple size and speed prerequisites. He's a team captain, a hard worker, clean character, plays in a position that will be of need if Jon Beason goes down, and he's a good player. He's got starting-caliber traits and can play as a 4-3 MIKE in Steve Spagnuolo's scheme.
Big Board Rankings
Big Blue View - 76
Mocking The Draft - 93
CBS Sports - 47
Draft Tek - 88
Anthony is a terrific ILB prospect. He's not my top guy. He's not as complete a player as Eric Kendricks and doesn't have the same instincts going downhill that Benardrick McKinney does, but he's got athleticism, he's got size, and he won't be a liability in coverage. He can cover ground pretty well. He might be suited best for a 3-4 scheme since he's a tremendous blitzer and can be insulated with another ILB next to him, but he can absolutely play as a MIKE in a 4-3.
He's probably not BPA for me at 40, but you're not getting him in Round 3, so if the Giants pulled the trigger at 40, I (and I'm sure many, many others) would be quite satisfied.