TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Anthony Averett doesn’t look like your average college football player, which is okay because he does’t play like one either. He was taken with the No. 118 pick by the Baltimore Ravens.
As one of Alabama’s established cornerbacks, he racked up 48 tackles including 4 for a loss and was tied for second on the team with 8 pass breakups during the 2017 national championship season.
Here are five things to know about him after he was selected in the 2018 NFL Draft:
1. Anthony Averett ended up being a 2-year starter for Alabama
Averett’s breakout game was against Southern California in the 2016 season opener. He came off the bench to make a team-high 8 tackles as the Trojans were limited to just 130 yards passing as Alabama won in a rout at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, 52-6. From then on, he was a starter and didn’t get tested again like that until the College Football Playoff semifinal against Washington, another blowout win for the Crimson Tide.
2. Anthony Averett is related to someone you probably wouldn’t expect
Although Averett is known for his speed, and ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the 2018 NFL Combine, he’s the nephew of former college All-American and NFL Pro Bowl left tackle Bryant McKinnie.
3. Antony Averett and Minkah Fitzpatrick hail from the same state
Like Minkah Fitzpatrick, Averett was recruited out of New Jersey, which is just about the last place one would expect Alabama to find two starting defensive backs.
The 247Sports composite had him ranked as the 10th-best prospect in the state. Scout.com and Rivals.com both rated him as the No. 23 cornerback in the nation. A number of recruiting services listed his position as athlete because he had the potential to play wide receiver and safety as well.
4. Anthony Averett was one of Alabama’s oldest players
Averett is 23, and will turn 24 on Nov. 30. He, center Bradley Bozeman and wide receiver Robert Foster were the last players on the roster from the recruiting Class of 2013, which included Derrick Henry, Reuben Foster, Jonathan Allen, O.J., Howard and A’Shawn Robinson.
5. Not only is Anthony Averett fast, he’s really fast
Averett was also an outstanding track prospect and spent some time with the Crimson Tide track team. In high school, he was clocked at 10.6 in the 100 meters, 6.46 in the 55 meters and high jumped 6-feet, 4-inches. He posted the top long jump in the nation in 2013 and second best in state history at 25-2. He finished second in the 2012 Penn Relays in the long jump. At the 2018 NFL Combine, he ran the 40 in 4.36 seconds, the seventh best time overall and just behind teammate Tony Brown.
Phil Savage on Anthony Averett: "Anthony can run sub-4.4 any day of the week and twice on Sunday. And that speed is something that the coaches cannot manufacture. So, I think Anthony's got a chance to be a potential starter."
— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) April 20, 2018