Linebacker Anthony Waters Set To Visit Chargers

Paul Strelow from reports the results of former Clemson Tigers Linebacker Anthony Waters at his recent Pro Day:
In his first and only timed test for NFL scouts, former linebacker Anthony Waters ran a 4.62-second 40-yard-dash time during his individual workout Tuesday morning, about a tenth of a second higher than his pre-injury best.

Waters (6-foot-3, 240 pounds), one of the few linebackers in this year's crop who can play inside for teams that have either 3-4 or 4-3 schemes, is six months removed from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

He skipped the NFL Combine in February and Clemson’s March 13 pro-day workout while rehabilitating.

Representatives from 18 teams were on hand for the workout, including Carolina defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac.

"If he were a mid-rounder, there wouldn't have been as many people show up," said Michael Brown, one of Waters' agents.

Waters did eight position drills and the vertical jump (34½ inches) but skipped other routine running drills. He has interviews scheduled with San Diego, Dallas, Saint Louis and the New York Jets before the April 28-29 draft.

4.6 speed is very good for a player of Waters' size. 6' 3" 240 lbs is the prototype for Inside Linebacker in the Chargers 34 defense. This defense places an emphasis on speed and versatility from their linebackers, and Waters can play both the outside and inside positions.

While the Chargers are pretty set at linebacker, adding Waters in the third round would give them Baltimore Ravens-type depth at the position. Cooper, Wilhelm, Dobbins, and Waters would make up an outstanding young corp of middle linebackers.

Read up on Anthony Waters at Rookiepedia. The guys at Rookiepedia have contacted me and let me know they have a brand-new draft prospect site, and it is coming along nicely. If you are a fan of the NFL draft, Rookiepedia would be a nice resource for you.

Want to see video of Waters' play? Check out this highlight film. He is certainly a guy that people should be aware of. He has a scary combination of physical tools and looks to be completely healthy from his ACL injury. The Chargers are bringing him in for a look-see, and they will likely be impressed, especially considering Buddy Nix's fondness for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

April 4, 2007

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Anonymous said... Apr 9, 2007, 3:28:00 PM

Just a Clemson fan here. It was really tragic this year when Waters was injured, as he tore his ACL in the first game (against Florida Atlantic no less) in a non- contact injury. Anthony was rated as the #1 ILB by Herbstriet at the beginning of the year, and would most certainly have been 1st round material had he stayed healthy. Here's hoping he can play well for you guys or wherever he goes!

Rob Zepeda said... Apr 10, 2007, 8:50:00 PM

His situation reminds me a lot of Antonio Cromartie coming out of Florida State last year. Cromartie's numbers were off the chart after his ACL recovery but he still had limited game experience. Chargers took him 19th overall. I don't think Waters goes in the first round, but he could go in the second or third round.

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