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.
Full Name: Marc Phillip Anthony
Birthday: Nov. 14, 1989
Hometown: Chandler, Ariz.
High School: Chandler High School
Major: African American studies
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.
Information provided by CalBears.com.
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.
Statistics provided by CalBears.com.
Weight: 196 pounds
Arm Length: 32.1"
Hand Size: 9"
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
Results provided by NFL.com.
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 CalBears.com).
And as the draft draws closer, evaluators are beginning to share the same flavor of disagreement.
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.
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