2015 NFL Draft: Saints get C- for picking Stephone Anthony at No. 31

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."

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