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Del Rio on Anthony Maddox


"… This is a guy we're pretty excited about. He's a relentless defensive tackle. He's quick, explosive. He pursues down the line. He is a treat to watch on film. On film, this is where scouts come into play because he's not going against top competition. This is a talented, talented guy that we're excited about. He originally played in the Georgia-Florida All-Star games back in 1997. He went to Jones Community College and was an All-American in 1998. He played defensive end there. He was out of football in 1999, 2000 and 2001. He was struggling academically. In 2002, he got back into football. He was a first team Little All-American. This past year he played at the Blue-Gray game and had some production. This is a guy that was elected team captain. In the last two years, he's had 265 tackles, 40 tackles for a loss, 24 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, and 10 recovered fumbles. This guy is that we think is a great change-up for our defensive tackles. He's more of a quick, explosive guy. More similar to Glover or Coleman from Oakland, Johnny Ramble – those kinds of guys. This is more of an explosive pass rush threat at defensive tackle, so we're excited to have him."

(how old is Anthony Maddox?) "I believe he's 25."

(how did you come across a player from a small school like Delta State?) "He stood out at the Blue-Gray game. Our scouts found him. Actually, I asked who the big guy in the green helmet that was dominating the action, I asked who that was and our scouts investigated and researched. We brought him in and visited with him. We dug a little deeper and uncovered what we think is a gem. He's a guy that if he had gone to a top ranked school, if he had a longhorn on his helmet, he would have been considered in the first day, no doubt. So we think it was a great opportunity to get the guy."

(what sort of things do you ask of your scouts when investigating a player like Maddox?) "It's harder for a scout, I think, to stand up on the table. You have to really believe the guy can be a good player to talk about 'Coach, we should draft this guy from Delta State'. So, it's not a school that puts out a ton of players. I think when you put on the tape, I think you'll understand what we're talking about. This is a football playing fool. He's a high motor guy. His motor never stops. He's always in pursuit. He plays very violent and reckless. I don't want to throw out names, but he compares to some very good players in this league."

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