Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report: Stephone Anthony


We are nearly a week away from the 2015 NFL Draft and the Kansas City Chiefs are full of ammo with ten picks in the draft. Everyone is speculating about who may be on the Chiefs radar and we hear at KC Kingdom are no different.

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Almost everyone thinks the Kansas City Chiefs will target a wide receiver or offensive lineman in the first round of the draft, but what about the second and third round?

The Kansas City Chiefs currently have the 17th pick in the second round and the 16th and 34th pick in the third round of the draft. The 34th pick in the third round was a compensatory pick awarded to the Chiefs.

As bad as the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line and wide receivers were during the 2014 season they were equally as bad when defending the run. A large part of that was due to them not having a suitable replacement for Derrick Johnson when his season was ended in week one against the Tennessee Titans due to a torn Achilles.

Josh Mauga was given the opportunity and was underwhelming for the most part. The Chiefs were unable to field one above average inside linebacker after Johnson went down never mind the two that is required for the 3-4 defense that the Chiefs play.

The Kansas City Chiefs must find a capable inside linebacker in the 2015 NFL Draft and the second and third round is the prime time to snag some of the best in the draft.

Stephone Anthony played four years for the Clemson Tigers including three years as a starter and could be available for the Chiefs in the second or third round.

Combine Results

  • 40 yard dash – 4.56 seconds
  • Bench press – 23 reps
  • Vertical jump – 37 inches
  • 3-cone drill – 7.07 seconds
  • 20-yard shuttle – 4.03 seconds

Results courtesy of CBS Sports.

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"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.-Courtesy of Derek Stephens and Rob Rang of CBS Sports"

Anthony could be a good pairing next to Derrick Johnson in the present due to him being capable in coverage and strong in the box, but there is concern over his ability to disengage off of blocks.

Anthony is currently rated as the third best inside linebacker, and 69th best overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft.

He should be available to the Kansas City Chiefs when they select with the 17th pick in the second round and possibly with the 16th pick in the third round in the draft.

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