Saints draft Stephone Anthony with 31st overall pick

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - The New Orleans Saints drafted Stephone Anthony with the 31st overall pick of the first round.

Anthony is a linebacker from Clemson. The 6'3", 245 lbs. former Tiger had 90 tackles last season and was named first-team All-ACC.

In four seasons at Clemson, Anthony finished his career with 330 tackles, 34.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, three interceptions, 13 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery over 52 games (35 starts).

“Inside linebacker was another position we felt we wanted to draft," head coach Sean Payton said. "It's really a position we haven't drafted, I think there have been one or two true inside linebackers in the last 10 years. All of the things fit with Stephone. Again we got really familiar with him in the process. We loved the make-up. He's sharp. He's the leader of their defense. 

In 2014 as a senior, Anthony was a consensus first-team All-ACC selection, Butkus Award semifinalist and team co-captain, who had a team-high 90 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one interception, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles in 13 games (12 starts). 

The Saints got the 31st pick from a trade with the Seattle Seahawks for tight-end Jimmy Graham.

New Orleans selected Andrus Peat, an offensive tackle from Stanford, with the 13th overall pick in the first round.

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