The book on: DT Anthony McCloud

The Vikings drafted two defensive tackles that could play the three-technique, but there is an undrafted rookie more suited for nose tackle. Meet Anthony McCloud, a linemate of seventh-round draft choice Everett Dawkins, whose forte is stuffing the run.

Defensive Tackle/Nose Guard
Florida State University Seminoles
Thomasville, Georgia
Itawamba Community College
Thomas County Central High School


McCloud, a junior college transfer, is a thick nose tackle willing to take on blocks without fanfare, but is also capable of making plays in the backfield when the opportunity presents itself (eight tackles for loss, four sacks in 2010-2011). Teams utilizing a lot of three-man fronts should value him in the middle rounds as a potential starter.

McCloud won't make headlines with his pass rush, and is often overshadowed by linemates like pass-rushing defensive ends Brandon Jenkins and Bjoern Werner, and Cornellius Carradine as well as fellow tackle Everett Dawkins. But his stout presence in the middle of the line has not escaped the notice of NFL scouts.

"Amp" wasn't in the best of shape when he arrived in Tallahassee, as he was coming off a redshirt season, his second at Itawamba Community College (he had 24 tackles, 5.5 for loss, four sacks in 2008). Still, McCloud played in all 14 games, starting seven, in his first year with the Seminoles (35 tackles, three for loss, two sacks). He followed that up with another solid campaign, starting 11 of 13 games with 25 tackles, five for loss, and two sacks.

McCloud played in 40 games at Florida State, as the defensive tackle earned 30 starting assignments…Recorded 84 tackles (48 solos) with five sacks for minus 17 yards, nine stops for losses of 27 yards, one forced fumble and a pair of pass deflections.

McCloud was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention…Played in 13 games and started 12...finished with 24 tackles (16 unassisted) and one tackle for loss... recorded three or more tackles in seven of his 13 games played...registered his only sack of the season versus NC State...helped Florida State's defense lead the nation in yards allowed per play (3.86), rank second nationally in total defense (254.14 ypg) and rank in the top six nationally in scoring defense (14.71 ppg), rushing defense (92.29 ypg), pass defense (161.86 ypg), pass efficiency defense (95.43) and opponent three-and-outs (6.29 per game)...his ability to help shut down the run (FSU allowed 2.75 yards per rush) and command extra attention in the middle helped free up FSU's standout defensive end duo of Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine...missed the season-opener and a start versus Savannah State due to injury... co-recipient of the Unselfish Leadership Award on defense given at the team's annual banquet.

McCloud started 11 of the 13 games he played and was instrumental in FSU finishing as the second-best rushing defense in the country...also helped the Seminoles rank first nationally in yards allowed per rush (2.35)...tied for second among all interior defensive linemen registering 25 tackles, including 14 solo stops while adding five tackles for loss which ranked second among the interior linemen...also logged two sacks, a pass break-up, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble...became one of four Seminoles to earn ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors, when he posted a season-high five tackles, including a tackle for loss, and forced a fumble against Boston College...recognized with one of two leadership awards for the defense at the team's annual banquet.

McCloud arrived at FSU in January 2010 from Itawamba (Miss.) Community College and became a mainstay in the starting lineup throughout the second half of the season...a defensive tackle who played his high school football 45 minutes from the FSU campus in Thomasville, Ga...appeared in all 14 games and started the last seven...McCloud burst on the scene in the opener against Samford with six tackles to lead the Seminoles defensively...contributed 35 tackles, including 3.0 tackles for loss and one sack, which came against BYU...tallied five tackles against Clemson...had four solo tackles in two games (Samford, Clemson)...matched his career-high with six tackles against South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

McCloud originally signed with FSU as a member of the 2008 class, but failed to qualify academically and the freshman defensive tackle then enrolled at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College in 2008, where he registered 24 tackles (20 solos) with 5.5 tackles for loss, including four sacks...the Indians ranked sixth nationally in rushing defense (86.7 ypg), despite a 3-6 finish...sat out the 2009 season as a redshirt.

5.21 in the 40-yard dash…1.81 10-yard dash…2.95 20-yard dash…4.70 20-yard shuttle…
8.19 three-cone drill…28 ½-inch vertical jump…8'5" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times…32 ¾-inch arm length…11-inch hands…80 1/8-inch wingspan.

McCloud attended Thomas County (Ga.) Central High School, where he was ranked as the nation's No. 78 prospect by Allen Wallace among SuperPrep JUCO 100...Thomasville Times-Enterprise's Defensive Player of the Year for 2007...his Thomas County Central team won its first 13 games in 2007 before losing in the class AAAA semifinal

General Studies major…Born 8/06/89…Resides in Thomasville, Georgia.

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