Waters Hears Back from the NFL

As the deadline to declare for the NFL draft approaches, Clemson middle linebacker Anthony Waters has been thinking long and hard on whether to stay for his senior season or make the jump to the pros.

Waters told CUTigers.com Tuesday afternoon that he has yet to make up his mind about his future. Underclassmen have until Jan. 15, to announce their intentions.

"I'm still thinking about it," he said. "I've got a few more days before I have to give an answer."

In 11 games, Waters led the Tigers with 109 tackles, which averages 9.9 tackles per game and ranks third in the ACC. He also had 13.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, seven pass breakups and five quarterback pressures.

Waters said the information he received from the NFL about where he would most likely be drafted indicated he would go between the second and third rounds.

That coincides with what some NFL personnel, including longtime NFL scout Frank Coyle, has said about Waters.

"He's a two-year starter and that helps," said Frank Coyle, who serves as a scouting consultant annually to the Senior Bowl and to several NFL teams, and who owns draftinsiders.com. "He'd be a first-day guy. But the draft is loaded with linebackers and that might hurt him some."

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