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New Orleans Saints sign first-round pick Stephone Anthony to rookie deal

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After P.J. Williams announced his signing to a rookie contract Tuesday, the New Orleans Saints and first-round pick (31 overall) Stephone Anthony have agreed to terms on a four-year deal.  Eight of the nine draft picks are now signed.

Following the release of Curtis Lofton, an interior linebacker was a pressing need.  I don’t think David Hawthorne is capable of handling the load, and Dannell Ellerbe, who was acquired in the Kenny Stills trade with the Miami Dolphins, has a question mark surrounding him as he looks to bounce from a season-ending hip injury.

Stephone Anthony has the size, speed, strength and pursuit to be a force in the middle and cover the field from sideline to sideline. He can play the run and the pass – both were areas of weakness in New Orleans a season ago.

The Clemson co-captain, first-team All-ACC selection and Butkus Award semifinalist has the physical tools and motor to come in and compete immediately for a starting role with a great chance of long-term success at the next level.  Stephone Anthony’s presence on the field could be felt Week 1.

The New Orleans Saints used their first pick (13th overall) in the opening round on Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat, the only remaining unsigned draft pick.

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