With the 31st pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints select Clemson inside linebacker Stephone Anthony.

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco doesn't love the pick: Anthony -- C- I don't think this is kid is a first-round talent. I know a lot of others disagree. They had other needs.

Anthony was the 72nd-ranked prospect, according to CBSSports.com but the Saints, with myriad needs on defense, used their second first-round pick (acquired from the Seahawks in the Jimmy Graham trade) to restock a unit that has struggled in recent years under coordinator Rob Ryan. He'll join a linebackers corps that includes David Hawthorne, Dannell Ellerbe, Junior Galette and Anthony Spencer.

Anthony's former teammate at Clemson is unconcerned, however.

The same holds for coach Sean Payton (obviously):

Stephone Anthony (Getty)
Clemson inside linebacker Stephone Anthony was selected in the first round by New Orleans.(Getty)

More on Anthony from NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang and Dane Brugler: "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. ... 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."