IDP Analysis: Shazier Needs to Avoid Injury Bug
IDP Analysis: Shazier Needs to Avoid Injury Bug

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Stephone Anthony, (3-4) ILB, NO

Teams don't draft players in the first round with the intention of leaving them on the bench, but not all first-round picks catch on as quickly as Anthony has, either. The supremely athletic rookie from Clemson is poised to be New Orleans' top inside linebacker in 2015 and, regardless of how effective he might be in real-life terms, he has the athleticism and skillset to post useful numbers in the tackle, sack and interception categories. At 6-foot-3, 243, Anthony boasts 4.56-speed and elite lower-body explosiveness (37-inch vertical, 122-inch broad jump). Rob Ryan's presence is probably another plus for a high-upside prospect like Anthony.

Walter Thurmond, S, PHI

Thurmond was originally a cornerback – with great ballhawking ability, at that – but he'll likely start at safety for the Eagles this year. Moving to safety should increase his tackle production, and playing over the top could also afford him more interception opportunities. Injuries have been a consistent problem for Thurmond in his NFL career, however, with pectoral, hamstring and ankle issues combining to sideline Thurmond for 44 games in five seasons. Thurmond's injury history concerns are compounded by his lack of size (5-11, 190), but he's still worth a gamble due to his high tackle/interception upside.

Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, NYG

Lingering concerns over hip surgery are likely what pushed Odighizuwa to the third round of the 2015 draft, because his film, workouts and production at UCLA were first-round quality. Jason Pierre-Paul's

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