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Dolphins trade for Saints LB Stephone Anthony

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This might be a good trade.  If he wasn't hobbled by injuries and can still run, we sure could use some speed at LB.

Edited by Deadeye
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Even if he's a middling starter, trading a 5th rounder is fine for that. Odds are we aren't going to get a starter in the 5th round.

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Dolphins had Anthony in for a pre-draft visit in March 2015. Now-GM Chris Grier was on the college scouting staff back then.

Also, Gase's father-in-law Joe Vitt was the asst. HC and LB coach for the Saints in 2015 and 2016 (he is now 63 and out of football). You know Gase picked his brain.

Anthony's (6'3" 236lbs) physical tools are outstanding, percentile scores among ILBs:
20 yard shuttle 95th percentile
broad jump 93rd percentile
vertical jump 88th percentile
40 yard dash (4.53) 94th percentile
10 yard shuttle 90th percentile

Supposedly he didn't pan out in NO due to mental processing type stuff, reading a defense & reacting, etc. Started every game as a rookie but play time dropped sharply last year.

He'll be under contract two more years, $1.1m in 2017 and $1.1m in 2018.

I figure he'll be competing with Chase Allen for snaps as the SOLB.

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I will echo what everyone has said, in that it seems like a good price to pay for a guy with some nice upside.  I like Anthony coming out of Clemson and I remember there being some smoke regarding him and the Fins at the time.  Here's hoping it was mostly terrible coaching in NO and that he can fulfill his potential for us.

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Since we basically have nothing behind the new starters in Hull and Allen, this is a smart move. It gives the team a solid year to evaluate him, and see what he has. Remember, Kiko was a bust before he came to Miami.

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11 hours ago, ericsvibe said:

Since we basically have nothing behind the new starters in Hull and Allen, this is a smart move. It gives the team a solid year to evaluate him, and see what he has. Remember, Kiko was a bust before he came to Miami.

Kiko was not a bust.  He was a great young LB who caught the injury bug in a big way.  The Iggles and Bills loved him when he was healthy.

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4 hours ago, Deadeye said:

Kiko was not a bust.  He was a great young LB who caught the injury bug in a big way.  The Iggles and Bills loved him when he was healthy.

Yeah, he was Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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5 hours ago, Deadeye said:

Kiko was not a bust.  He was a great young LB who caught the injury bug in a big way.  The Iggles and Bills loved him when he was healthy.

Eagles fans hated him actually.

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To be fair, Kiko has his moments where he can look terrible.  He can get washed out a little too easily in the run game.  Not enough poop in his pants.

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