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Daijahn Anthony has good size and physicality at the safety position. He is not afraid to compete at the catch point or play down in the box, but he often takes bad angles to the football and needs to do a better job wrapping up tackles. Anthony has good acceleration, allowing him to click and close rapidly in space.


  • 2023: 61 tackles, 3 INT and 8 PBU in lone season at Ole Miss
  • Career: 6 INT (3 at Ole Miss, 3 in 2 seasons at Liberty)
  • Physical, not afraid to mix it up
  • Competitive at the catch point
  • Good transitioning across the field
  • Builds speed quickly
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 4.55 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 37 inches
  • Broad jump: 9 feet, 10 inches
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Prospect Info

Richmond, VA
6’ 0’’
195 lbs
32 1/2’’


Hard-hitting safety with man cover tools but potential limitations if asked to play on the back end. Anthony is high-cut but with good size and an aggressive field demeanor. He aligned as both a big nickel and a split safety. He's fairly comfortable handling man coverage duties over the slot and does a nice job of staying connected with routes and disrupting catch tries with timing. He's fast enough to play over the top from center field, but the instincts are average, and he can be clunky swiveling hips with the changing gaze of the quarterback. He needs to take more consistent angles and do a better job of wrapping up, but Anthony has the talent to become a versatile backup.


  • Good size and length with the ability to line up and cover the slot.
  • Adequate top-end speed to carry receivers up the seam.
  • Above-average ball skills when it comes time to make a play.
  • Slices in on half-man angle and swings inside arm through catch point.
  • Runs full speed through the target to jar throws loose from zone.
  • Experienced and capable jamming gunners on punt returns.
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16. DAIJAHN ANTHONY | Ole Miss 6000 | 194 lbs. | 6SR Richmond, Va. (Henrico) 9/9/2000 (age 23.63) #3


BACKGROUND: Daijahn (DAY-zhan) Anthony, one of four children, grew up in Henrico County. He was raised by his grandmother (Virginia Pair) after his mo ther (Latasha Pair) died from kidney failure in September 2011. Anthony grew up playing multiple sports, mainly basketball and football. He attended Hermitage High School, where he was a standout receiver and defensive back. He had a breakout junior season, helping the team to a 10 -2 record and the 2016 regional title. Anthony transferred to Henrico High School for his senior season in 2017, although he missed the first five games because of transfer-related issues. Despite playing in just seven games, he led the team with seven interceptions (including four in one game) and earned All -Region honors. Anthony also lettered in basketball.


A no-star recruit, Anthony wasn’t ranked by online recruiting services in the 2018 recruiting class. He was late to the recruiting scene — missing half of his senior season after transferring didn’t help. Anthony didn’t receive any Division I scholarship offers, but Division II Shepherd (W.Va.) gave him an opportunity to walk on, and he quickly earned a scholarship. When Shepherd’s 2020 season was cancelled because of the pandemic, Anthony entered the transfer portal with his eyes on an FBS program. He returned home in September 2020 to figure out his next destination (and to be with his ailing grandmother, who was diagnosed with cancer and later died in March 2021). Anthony received a preferred walk-on spot at Liberty and joined the team for 2021 spring practices. After two seasons at Liberty, he took advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted because of the pandemic and decided to transfer again, this time landing at Ole Miss and fulfilling his childhood dream of playing in the SEC. He graduated with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. Anthony accepted his invitation to the 2024 East-West Shrine Bowl. YEAR


(GP/GS) TKLS TFL SACK FF PD INT NOTES 2018: Redshirted Shepherd; Walked on and earned a scholarship 2019: (10/5) 14 0.0 0.0 0 5 2 Shepherd 2020: Fall season cancelled because of the pandemic Entered the transfer portal 2021: (12/3) 15 1.0 0.0 0 3 1 Liberty; Preferred walk-on; Missed season opener (knee) 2022: (12/1) 28 0.5 0.0 0 6 2 Liberty; Only start came in the bowl game 2023: (13/10) 61 2.5 0.0 1 11 3 Ole Miss; Led team in FFs, INTs and passes defended Total: (47/19) 118 4.0 0.0 1 25 8 HT WT HAND ARM WING 40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP COMBINE 6000 195 9 32 1/2 76 3/8 4.55 2.65 1.56 37 9’8” - - - (no shuttle, 3-cone, bench press — choice) PRO DAY 6000 194 9 31 7/8 76 3/8 4.53 2.66 1.58 - 10’0” 4.19 6.89 10 (stood on combine vert)


STRENGTHS: Experience as a corner, safety and nickel … roughneck striker who creates jarring collisions with his stopping power at contact (laid a lick on Jayden Daniels with his right shoulder that forced a fumble and turnover) … trusts his radar in run support and rarely runs himself out of position … didn’t have many missed tackles for a big-game hunter … quick footed and agile in his mirror and coverage transitions … has a feel for undercutting routes with an extra gear and takes the angles of a ballhawk … shows terrific adjustments and ball skills at the catch point to take the football away … plays with a dog mentality that is infectious on the field … overcame a lot in his first five years of college to receive his SEC opportunity, and he didn’t disappoint in 2023.


WEAKNESSES: Average long speed, and deep vertical shots will be a challenge … recovery speed and reaction agility will be put to the test by dynamic NFL pass catchers … not comfortable playing the ball once his back is turned … tends to get grabby and can be undisciplined with his downfield contact (see pass interference penalty vs. Alabama in 2023) … loves to go for the kill shot but needs to be smarter about his aggression — twice flagged for unnecessary roughness (vs. LSU and Louisiana) and once for a personal foul (vs. Georgia) … suffered a torn meniscus prior to the 2021 season and underwent a procedure to have the cartilage removed (August 2021), causing him to miss the season opener … relatively young for a sixth-year player, but will be a 24-year-old NFL rookie.


SUMMARY: A one-year starter at Ole Miss, Anthony played strong safety in defensive coordinator Pete Golding’s 4 -2-5 base scheme. He has overcome a lot of adversity, including having to walk on at two different schools (Shepherd and Liberty), and put together a career year in his lone SEC season after moving to safety (primarily played cornerback and nickel his first five years in college). An amped-up competitor, Anthony plays with an edge on every snap and delivers knockout blows as a tackler, although he needs to balance his aggressive nature with more sound finishing execution. In coverage, he is at his best keeping things in front of him to limit wasted movements, but his cornerback background serves him well. Overall, Anthony doesn’t have top-tier speed or fluidity, but he is an aggressive athlete, and his physicality and ball skills really shine when he has an opportunity to go make a play. He projects best as a nickel d efender who can work underneath and overlap responsibilities in the secondary. GRADE: 5th-6th Round

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11 minutes ago, MichaelWeston said:

Interesting, didn't play safety until his senior year and that was his best year.

Looks like it was actually more nickel....


naps by Alignment
  2023 2022 2021
D-LINE 8 2 8
SLOT 380 23 16
CORNER 13 313 300
BOX 150 34 54
DEEP 162 6 1
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