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Stephone Anthony Taken No. 31 Overall In The 2015 NFL Draft

Former Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony was taken at No. 31 overall by the New Orleans Saints in this year’s NFL Draft. He is the second Clemson player to be drafted tonight, along with new Atlanta Falcon Vic Beasley, who was draft No. 8.


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As a recruit, Anthony was a five-star player, and the No. 20 overall player in the 2011 class according to 247 Sports' composite rankings. He did not disappoint at the college level, making the All-ACC first team in 2014 as a senior, after compiling 90 tackles, forcing two fumbles, and picking off a pass. His 2013 was even more prolific, as he registered 131 total tackles, including 13.5 for loss and four tackles. Clemson's 2014 defense was one of the best in the country, and Anthony played at the heart of that unit.

According to, Anthony's closest comparison is Zach Orr. Here's more:

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.

The New England Patriots are now on the clock.