2011 NFL Draft Prospect
6' 4" 265 Lbs.
Strengths: Quickness, athletic ability, strength
Weakness: Level of competition (D2), Possible concerns about health.
Anthony suffered a freak injury during spring (2010) practice, he took a hit to the chest which caused a left ventrical coronary artery to swell up and cause blockage. For precautionary reasons he missed the entire 2010 season. Coming into the 2010 season however, Christian Anthony was a major Sleeper and was graded out as a possible 2nd or 3rd round pick for the 2011 NFL Draft.
Anthony played in the Texas vs. Nation All Star Game 7 February 2011 and looked outstanding recording 1.5 sacks. Here is what the folks at Draftinsiders said about him, "To a man everyone told us Anthony looked impressive all week. He was explosive, athletic and made his presence felt each day. His pass rushing skills were some of the best of anyone in attendance. He does get a little tall but overall it was a successful outing for Anthony."
He is fully healthy now and preparing for the NFL Draft, he is working out using the Optum System at Tom Shaw's Performance Enhancement facility, with the likes of Florida Center Mike Pouncey.
"The Optum SPS System is the best so far that I have used in the past 10 years." New England Patriot's Coach Tom Shaw.
Anthony should impress scouts during his Pro day workout which he will have at Troy State on March 4th 2011.
Christian had a fantastic season in 2009, he was named the 2009 Southwestern Athletic Conference “Defensive Player of the Year,” the 6’4”, 275-pound senior from Birmingham, Ala., was also selected to the first team of the Sports Network FSC squad and to the College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty All-American first unit. He also made the 2009 All-Louisiana first team.
Anthony was third in the conference in sacks (8.0), second in tackles for loss (15.0), and was the only defensive lineman in the country with five interceptions– two of them going for touchdowns. He also led the SWAC in forced fumbles (five) and fumbles recovered (three).
Conclusion: Might get drafted late due to concerns about his health, but he could be a future NFL Star. With a little patience he could develop into a quality outside linebacker in a 34 defense or bulk up just a little and play end in a 43 defense.