Chargers get Anthony Waters in round three

The San Diego Chargers selected Clemson linebacker Anthony Waters in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft, 96th overall – a compensatory selection for the loss of Drew Brees to New Orleans via free agency.

Despite an ACL injury to his left knee during his senior season, Anthony Waters came into the NFL Draft as the No. 4 rated middle linebacker.

A three-year starter that suffered his injury in the second game this year, Waters collected 106 tackles as a junior and showed he could shoot the gaps and make plays from sideline-to-sideline.

As a senior, he managed three tackles and two pressures before blowing out his knee against Florida Atlantic. He suited up for the team's final two games, but the medical staff would not clear him to return to the field, thus ending his career on the sidelines.

In 2005, Waters earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention, leading the team with his 109 stops (74 solos). He registered 13.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including 1.5 sacks and added five pressures. He also had seven pass deflections and two tackles on special teams.

He has not tested his knee out much since the injury and only participated in the bench presss at the NFL Combine, throwing up 25 reps of the bench press.


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