Christian Anthony on the journey back to football

Before the season, Grambling State defensive end Christian Anthony was touted on this site as a player to watch in 2010.

Anthony is a devastating end who had projectable skills despite coming from a non-FBS school. In 2009, he had 76 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, five interceptions, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

He was a sleeper, sure, but a damn good one. He played with aggression and had good power to anchor at the end of the defensive line. He looked like a sure top 100 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Then, it all changed.

In August, Anthony was hospitalized after developing chest pains. It was determined that he had suffered a mild heart attack.

As a senior, Anthony was supposed was the preseason favorite for the Buck Buchanan Award given to the division's top defensive player. Instead, he was forced to sit out the season.

Despite receiving a medical redshirt to return in 2011, Anthony decided to enter the draft this year.

In January, Anthony accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Game, formerly the Texas vs. the Nation Game. He measured in at 6-foot-3 and a half and 281 pounds during weigh-ins on Tuesday.

According to some notes that hit the web, Anthony looked good but fairly rusty in the game's first practice. That's expected. In all honesty, Anthony may need a year on a practice squad to knock that rust completely off.

Some teams may leave Anthony completely off their draft board due to his health issues. But if he's even drafted, it will be one of the best stories of the 2011 NFL Draft.
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