Despite drafting two developmental defensive ends in the 2010 Draft and developing undrafted end, Aaron Morgan, the Jaguars still have a big need at the position. With Aaron Kampman trying to recover from his second ACL tear in as many years and Derrick Harvey’s future in question, the Jaguars still need to infuse some talent at a position that only gave them 26 sacks in 2010. An amount that ranked 30th in the NFL.
Christian Anthony is a defensive end prospect with ideal size and athleticism that could develop into a full time sack machine in the NFL. Better yet, he may not even cost a draft pick.
After dominant performances in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Anthony suffered a freak accident that caused him to miss his entire senior season. During an August practice in 2010, Anthony began to feel chest pains and was later hospitalized with what was reportedly a heart attack. He has since explained that a hit to his chest in a practice caused a swelling in an artery that caused a clog. The clog was not due to high blood pressure or high cholesterol and was described as a “freak thing.” Due to the injury, it is probable that Anthony will go undrafted in April.
“It was a freak thing — like one out of millions,” Anthony said.
Prior to the injury Josh Buchanan of JBScouting said, “He was the top small school projected defensive end I have seen in quite a while.” After first-team all-SWAC performances in 2008 and 2009, including SWAC defensive player of the year honors in 2009 it’s easy to see why.
Anthony tallied 16 sacks in his 2008 and 2009 seasons and was primed to defend his DPOY title in 2010 when his injury occurred and he missed his 2010 season. After missing his season, Anthony found his way back to the field for the first time when he played in the Texas vs. Nation game. After a large amount of time away from football, he did well for himself showing strength and quickness off the edge. For the Jaguars, it may be worth the risk to bring Anthony into a training camp.
“It would not surprise us to see teams pass on him completely, which would be sad because he certainly is talented enough to not only make a roster but earn playing time within a year.”