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NFL Draft Profile: Clemson ILB Stephone Anthony

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NFL Draft Profile: Clemson ILB Stephone Anthony

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of 200 prospects, including what the scouts around the league are saying and video interviews with each player.

Stephone Anthony (ILB), Clemson

6’3” | 243 lbs.

2014 stats:

75 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, INT, 3 passes deflected, 2 forced fumbles

Selection:

1st round, No. 31 overall (New Orleans Saints)

What scouts are saying:

"Carries an ideal frame for an inside 'backer, with thickness through the middle and broad shoulders, and he exhibits the explosive downhill first step and feisty demeanor to be a strong contributor in the box. He diagnoses early and does a good job of putting himself in position to make plays between the tackles against the run, and will hold his own when asked to drop back in short zone and cover the middle against the pass. As a tackler, he does a good job of extending and wrapping up below the waist to finish plays, and he prides himself on laying the occasional wallop without sacrificing technique." - CBSSports.com's Derek Stephens & Rob Rang

"Highly aggressive and will attack gaps, leaving cutback lanes for savvy runners to exploit. Just average lateral agility and sideline-to-sideline range, and he seems to take shallow angles against the run when the play goes to the outside. Too often relies on his burst to the ball and must show better pop on contact to disengage from blockers. He's stiff in the hips when asked to flip and redirect, so he'll waste some motion and take some time to get up to speed after making an adjustment, and thus far he hasn't shown "plus" coverage when asked to man up, flip and run with a tight end. Suspended for the first half of the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl due to a disputable targeting penalty against South Carolina." - CBSSports.com's Derek Stephens & Rob Rang

"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." - NFL.com's Lance Zierlein

Video analysis provided by NBC Sports and Rotoworld NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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David Montgomery on list of players poised for 2nd-year breakout

David Montgomery on list of players poised for 2nd-year breakout

Bears running back David Montgomery began his rookie season with a lot of hype. Probably too much hype, to be honest.

It began with his strong training camp performance and continued through the preseason, especially after his dazzling opener against the Carolina Panthers when he totaled 46 yards and a touchdown on just six touches.

And while his regular season wasn't a complete disappointment, it did fall short of those summer expectations. He finished the year with 242 carries for 889 yards and six touchdowns (3.7 yards per carry). At times, he looked like a player who could put the Bears' offense on his back. At other times, he looked like a typical rookie running back who danced too much behind the line of scrimmage.

There was more good than bad, however, and it's because of those good moments that Montgomery is considered one of next season's second-year players poised to breakout.

Montgomery averaged a solid 4.3 yards per carry in the final five weeks of the regular season, which is a sign the 22-year-old finally became acclimated to the NFL game. 

Another promising sign? Only a handful of running backs broke more tackles than Montgomery, who lacks the home run speed to consistently pull away after contact but should become more of a volume rusher after head coach Matt Nagy spends an offseason creating more opportunities for one of his best offensive weapons. 

It's hard to imagine a player with Montgomery's talent won't explode, especially if he's better supported by an offense that was a mess and fourth-worst overall in 2019. 

Montgomery was at least partially victimized by a sub-par offensive line and a passing game that never quite found its rhythm. Opposing defenses dared the Bears to throw the ball; Montgomery was fighting an uphill battle each and every week.

The Bears will make every effort to upgrade the offensive line as well as add a legitimate pass-catching tight end who can loosen up the second-level of the defense. If that happens, Montgomery will have more room to run and is a safe bet to eclipse 1,200 rushing yards, assuming he gets the touches he deserves. 

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    Allen Robinson is making his feelings on the proposed CBA abundantly clear

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    Allen Robinson is making his feelings on the proposed CBA abundantly clear

    Allen Robinson does not have time for this nonsense. 

    Robinson, who's actually quite the vociferous tweeter, Logged On a few weeks back and gang, he hasn't Logged Off since. Since the very beginning, he's remained perfectly clear about where he lies re: the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement that may, or may not, be close to ratification. It started back on Feb. 20: 

    Weird, it's almost like players aren't responding to the idea that owners could cap game checks at an arbitrary (and low) number without any sort of publicly-made reasoning behind it! Love to be paid less than usual for more work. LOVE IT. 

    He then RT'd Richard Sherman, who was RT'ing JJ Watt: 

    Our large, athletic, labor-focused sons are all grown up! Allen wasn't done though. A few days later, he hit 'em with some 1st Team All-Pro sarcasm:

    Trying to split players on issues while alienating the NFL's working class against the stars definitely doesn't sound like something a group of team owners would try and do, right? Surely these billionaires understand how much money they already have and wouldn't jeopardize their work force's safety just for one more Sunday afternoon of beer sales? Oh they would? Unabashedly? Ah. Well while we're here, anything else on your mind, Allen? 

    Hell yes. Hell yes Allen. The most damning tweet of all may have come a few days ago, though: 

    Hot cakes Allen! Hot cakes! 

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