2017 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham


PLAYER PROFILE


Height: 6-3

Weight: 230

College: Vanderbilt

Class: Redshirt Junior


STRENGTHS


  • Size/length
  • Block-shedding/take-on skills — very physical at the point of attack, great at engaging and discarding blockers
  • Good play recognition — diagnoses plays quickly and explodes downhill
  • Great range — covers a ton of ground with long strides and smooth athleticism
  • Great instincts vs. run and pass — always around the football, very aware
  • Great coverage ability — good man and zone coverage talent,  can carry tight ends down the seam, cover running backs in the flat or on the wheel
  • Special teams value — good special teams gunner
  • Great closing speed — can click and close in a hurry

WEAKNESSES


  • Unreliable tackler — misses way too many tackles; form issue — tackles high
  • Overaggressiveness — takes challenging pursuit angles to the ball at times
  • Lean frame — room to fill out

FINAL THOUGHTS


GRADE: 79.00/100.00 – (EARLY) DAY 2 – Future starter; complimentary starter/raw player with star potential

NFL COMPARISON: Karlos Dansby

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