NFL.com names two Tigers as possible ROY winners


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Anthony was a 1st-team All-ACC selection his senior season with 90 tackles

NFL.com has released its latest article on Wednesday discussing possible predictions for NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year award for the upcoming season.

Two former Clemson defensive players were mentioned in the discussions - LB Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Linebacker (2011 - 2014)
#42 6-3, 245
Polkton, NC

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and DE Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
Defensive End (2010 - 2014)
#3 6-2, 236
Adairsville, GA

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Anthony should get a plethora of snaps to have an opportunity at a decent rookie season with the Saints.

"Anthony has earned a Week 1 starting job, and will probably be calling the plays for his defense," NFL.com said. "He's just the sort of heady tackle machine that transitions well to the pro game, and puts up stats right away. (Think C.J. Mosley last year.) The Saints need Anthony to be one of the better defensive players this season, and his versatility will keep him on the field all three downs."

He had 330 tackles, 34.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, three interceptions for eight yards, 18 quarterback pressures, 13 pass breakups, five caused fumbles and one recovered fumble during his Clemson playing days. He also was named a consensus first-team All-ACC selection his senior season with 90 tackles.

Beasley's pass-rushing skills should also translate into production at the NFL level.

"Consider this a vote of confidence for Dan Quinn, who already has his pass rushers flying to the quarterback in preseason action," NFL.com said. "Beasley is a freak athlete capable of piling up double-digit sacks in a rotational role."

Beasley accumulated 33 sacks (25 sacks in his final 26 games) and left Clemson as the all-time sack leader and had an amazing 52.5 tackles for loss at Clemson. He was also a two-time first-team All-American and was selected as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.

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