Lions End Draft Same Way It Started: At LB

Lions Insider
Posted Apr 30, 2006


The Detroit Lions ended the NFL draft they same way it started: with a linebacker. Complete bio and more of the team's final selection, Anthony Cannon.

Full Name: Anthony Cannon School: Tulane Pos: ILB

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 220 40: 4.69 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior and junior, leading the team in tackles. Numbers last season included 114/12.5/2.5 after a junior campaign of 107 tackles.

Pos: Tough linebacker with ability in a 34 defense. Quick up the field, fast to the sidelines and displays solid range. Effective in pursuit and flies around the football. Gets depth on drops and disciplined in coverage.

Neg: Not strong at the point, has difficulty bringing opponents down on initial contact and can be swallowed up by blocks. Does not play under control and

Analysis: A high-motor defender, Cannon should be a special-teams ace at the next level and a back-up in a system which allows linebackers to freely flow to the action.

How he fits in with Detroit: Selected by Detroit with the team's final (compensatory) pick. While Cannon does have upside, he was productive in a weak conference and is still a smaller player for an inside linebacker.

If Cannon is able to land a roster spot or make an impact with the squad, it will be on special teams.

STRENGTHS
 Discipline
 Speed
 Toughness
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
 Strength
THE SKINNY: A high-motor defender, Cannon should be a special-teams ace at the next level and a back-up in a system which allows linebackers to freely flow to the action.


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