Grinding The Tape: Bucs OLB Anthony Edition

Right here it’s. The ultimate version of “Grinding The Tape” specializing in the Bucs’ 2022 draft class. I hope you may have had as a lot enjoyable studying these as I’ve had writing them. For as we speak’s version, we are going to concentrate on the Bucs’ closing choose of the draft: LSU edge rusher Andre Anthony.

Up till this level, I’ve tried to concentrate on three issues every participant does effectively and present you some tape highlighting these attributes in a approach that may translate to the NFL. With Anthony, I might want to go in a distinct course. And that shouldn’t be a shock when speaking a few seventh-round choose who doesn’t have an elite ability to fall again on like Ko Kieft does. No, Anthony is a whole challenge who exhibits one inconsistent trait that the Bucs will hope to construct on.


Coming off a season-ending knee damage, Anthony’s solely pre-draft athletic testing was his 40-yard sprint. He didn’t disappoint, clocking a 4.69 second time. And you may see that velocity within the clip above. Anthony (No. 3) is ready to push off the road and get parallel to UCLA left sort out Sean Rhyan earlier than Rhyan can get totally into his set. This provides Anthony the chance to get round Rhyan’s outdoors shoulder. Nevertheless, a scarcity of bend permits Rhyan to push Anthony up the arc and out of place.

Swim Transfer

Anthony {couples} his good velocity with flashes of a swim transfer. Above is a good instance the place he’s lined up on the correct edge, once more working towards Rhyan. On the snap, Anthony makes use of the specter of his velocity to the surface to get Rhyan to begin working that approach. As soon as he sees Rhyan’s momentum carrying too far large, he hits him with an efficient swim, clearing a simple path to the quarterback. What’s a bit curious right here is that Anthony’s path to the signal-caller was not a straight line that may have allowed him to get residence. As a substitute, he approaches the QB in a circuitous route from behind, probably making an attempt to maintain containment on a bottom bail by a cell athlete. The Bucs will certainly wish to domesticate this transfer in his arsenal.

Lacks A Constant Counter Consciousness

The above clip confirmed a stable counter that I want Anthony would use extra. Nevertheless, his move rush plan from the sting is nearly completely him making an attempt to win with velocity to the surface. That plan leaves too many performs the place the potential for a simple win is left laying on the bottom.

Right here, Anthony once more instructions respect from Rhyan with the specter of his velocity to the surface. Rhyan over-sets in preparation for that velocity and leaves a wide-open path to the quarterback on his inside shoulder. A easy dip or a spin offers Anthony the chance to get to the passer unimpeded. However he continues up the arc and proper into Rhyan’s ready arms. Hopefully the Bucs can assist Anthony acknowledge and make the most of these alternatives extra sooner or later.

Inside Go Rush?

Most velocity rushers are on the smaller facet. Anthony is not any exception. At 6-foot-3, 245 kilos, he would be the second-smallest edge rusher on the Bucs’ roster, subsequent to Cam Gill. With that small body, don’t anticipate Anthony to have the ability to kick inside on long-and-late conditions like Joe Tryon-Shoyinka can. His body gained’t be capable of deal with the power of NFL guards. LSU truly tried to make use of Anthony on this approach final 12 months, and he wasn’t very efficient.

Right here, Anthony is lined up as a 3-technique simply outdoors the left guard’s shoulder. He shows an excellent leap off the snap and tries to slap away the guard’s punch. Sadly, the guard’s proper hand lands and successfully stops Anthony’s momentum whereas the guard resets and stonewalls the remainder of the rep. Anthony’s velocity doesn’t translate to sufficient energy for him to be efficient from the within.

Bodied In The Run Recreation

Todd Bowles bases his Bucs protection on the power to cease the run. If you happen to can’t defend the run, you may have a troublesome time getting taking part in time in Tampa Bay. Nicely, as of proper now Anthony goes to have a really tough time seeing the sector – if he even makes the roster.

On this clip, Anthony is lined as much as the left of your display in between UCLA’s left sort out and tight finish. Anthony’s leap off the snap is matched by the tight finish (No. 88) and so they join nearly instantly. What follows is Anthony making an attempt to get up-field by slipping by means of a crease to the tight finish’s proper. Nevertheless, the tight finish retains his grip and forces Anthony to rotate perpendicular to the road of scrimmage. At this level, if the run goes large to his facet, Anthony is totally out of place to comprise. And that’s exactly what occurs subsequent. The working again cuts again to the surface and finds a wide-open gap the place Anthony was once.

How Can He Match With The Bucs?

Anthony exhibits a really slim and inconsistent ability set as of proper now. He has good, however not nice, purposeful velocity. Whereas his 40-time was spectacular, his 10-yard cut up was a way more pedestrian 1.68 seconds. That 10-yard cut up is way more indicative of how an edge rusher would use his velocity to his benefit.

Now, go off the road may be coached in approach and there’s room for Anthony to develop in that division. However for him to turn out to be somebody the Bucs can depend on, he’s going to wish to construct on and belief his counter strikes – like his swim – extra, create extra purposeful play power and turn out to be technically sound in each his move rush and run protection. It will likely be an extended street for him to journey to succeed, particularly with questionable instincts, however the Bucs place confidence in his character to get there.

Grinding The Tape – Bucs’ 2022 Draft Class

If you happen to missed any of Pewter Report’s earlier tape breakdowns of the Bucs’ 2022 draft class, discover them beneath:

Logan Corridor

Luke Goedeke

Rachaad White

Cade Otton

Jake Camarda

Zyon McCollum

Ko Kieft