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New Orleans Saints take Stephone Anthony of Clemson with 31st pick

Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony, from Anson County High, was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 31st pick in the first round of the NFL draft.

Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 243.

What he offers: As an inside linebacker who led the Tigers with 90 tackles, he will bring toughness and tackling ability.

Worth mentioning: Was a Butkus Award semifinalist. …’s report on Anthony mentioned that he needs to play more instinctively and show he can use his athleticism to play faster all the time. Others disagree and say he plays instinctively. … Was North Carolina’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior in high school.

Bet you didn’t know: As a four-year starter for Anson County, he scored a 31-yard touchdown on his first carry as a freshman.

What they’re saying: “His production is off the charts. I love his instincts.” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.