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Inside linebackers, like the running backs they’re built to stop, have lost a little luster in NFL circles over the past decade or so.

Only six have been selected in the first round of the past five drafts combined, another sign of the NFL’s transition to a league focused on the pass and the defenders tasked primarily with stopping it.

But the downward trend in first-round linebackers might have more to do with the position’s changing nature.

Instead of the bulky, brutish downhill enforcers who used to man the position, the current crop of inside linebackers has to be as effective in coverage as they do against the run, and only a few prospects emerge each year who appear to be true three-down linebackers.

The New Orleans Saints embraced the trend wholeheartedly this offseason. Both of the linebackers acquired to replace the considerable production and leadership of Curtis Lofton — rookie Stephone Anthony and veteran Dannell Ellerbe — are capable cover men who can either run with running backs and tight ends or settle into a zone.

Anthony, in particular, has flashed an ability to be a difference-maker in zone coverage during the two organized team activities that have been open to the media.


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Old 06-10-2015, 08:31 AM   #2
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Nice read! Anthony is plenty big to be a force between the tackles too. I am dying to watch him play.
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A promising NFL star in the making ... with speed.

Hopefully he arrives with bad intentions this season on opposing offenses .
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He looks like the player and the leader we saw dominate in college. So far his talents look like they will translate well to the NFL. I am optimistic about his chance to make the final 53.
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A Linebacker making ANY plays would be an improvement over the past 10 years.
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A Linebacker making ANY plays would be an improvement over the past 10 years.
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Here is a problem that would be great to have... all of the off season pickups pan and the biggest problem we have is who to cut.
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It'll be interesting to see which of the two more successfully makes the transition to the NFL - Beasley or Anthony.

I really wanted the Saints to pick this guy in the draft, and although it would've been even better in the 2nd round - I'm glad they picked him where they did since it automatically gives the Saints the 5th year option.

But, I'm getting ahead of myself... it's OTAs.
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