Marc Anthony: 5 Things You Need to Know About the California Cornerback

Brett Gering@BrettGeringCorrespondent IApril 27, 2013

Marc Anthony: 5 Things You Need to Know About the California Cornerback

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    California cornerback Marc Anthony enters the 2013 NFL draft as a projected fourth- to sixth-round selection. 

    The senior's lengthy, but solid build is destined to attract the eyes of general managers, especially on the heels of the first two rounds. 

    With some fine-tuning, Anthony could eventually develop into a serviceable No. 2 cornerback in the league. 

    A five-point rundown illustrates why the bruising defender might even hear his name announced on Day 2.


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    Full Name: Marc Phillip Anthony

    Birthday: Nov. 14, 1989

    Hometown: Chandler, Ariz.

    High School: Chandler High School

    Major: African American studies

    Year: Senior

    Out of high school, Anthony's scouting reports varied fairly drastically between sources. Rivals tagged him as a 4-star prospect, but Scout downgraded the corner's caliber to three stars. 

    After redshirting through the 2008 season, Anthony participated in eight contests the following year. Beginning in 2010, he cracked the defensive rotation as a regular starter.

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    By the end of his senior campaign, Anthony's amount of passes defensed withered to one-fourth of his junior total. Meanwhile, he accumulated 14 additional combined tackles. 

    Normally, the trend would indicate that receivers hauled in more receptions in his vicinity. 

    But the trend can be partially attributed to a stronger schedule, as well. A schedule that included Stanford, Oregon and back-to-back road games at Ohio State and USC. 

      2009  8     --  --   --  --
      2010 11    48  1   6  2
      2011 11    38  --  12  1
      2012 11    52  1   3  2
    TOTAL 41   152  2  21  5

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Draft Process

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    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 196 pounds

    Arm Length: 32.1"

    Hand Size: 9"

    Combine Results

    40-Yard Dash: 4.63 seconds

    Bench Press: 12 reps

    Broad Jump: 118"

    Vertical Jump: 35"

    3 Cone Drill: 6.74 seconds

    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.07 seconds

    Pro Day Results

    40-Yard Dash: 4.64 seconds

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Interesting Facts

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    For Anthony, the draft experience mirrors the recruiting experience in one way: Scouts wildly differ when debating his positional ranking.

    Leaving high school, Rivals graded Anthony as the No. 14 cornerback in the nation. Scout, on the other hand, rated him No. 40 (via 

    And as the draft draws closer, evaluators are beginning to share the same flavor of disagreement. claims that Anthony could possibly be a top-100 talent, while CBS' big board projects the senior as a seventh-rounder.


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    Bleacher Report's Matt Miller likens Anthony to New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer.

    Among other similarities, Miller cites the comparable level of aggression that the pair share off the ball. 

    Sean O'Donnell punctuated his critique of Anthony by stating: 

    Anthony should be able to find a role immediately on an NFL team. He does not have the ability to become an instant starter, but he should find a role on special teams while developing his skills.

    He does not have the necessary tools to become a top cornerback at the NFL level but could certainly find himself in a complementary role with the right instruction.

    Marco Anthony won't raise any eyebrows with his athletic prowess. But regardless of where he lands, Anthony's football IQ should ensure that his time in the NFL proves to be more than a pit stop.