Zach Cunningham-LB-Vanderbilt
Size: 6’4 230lbs

Zach Cunningham

Strengths:

  • Playmaker
  • Lateral quickness
  • Loves contact
  • Durable and reliable
  • Decent in coverage
  • Instinctive

Analysis: Zach Cunningham is a playmaker, plain and simple. He plays North/South when going after the ball and is always looking to draw first blood. Fast to see it, process and respond. Creates tackles for losses by shooting gaps at appropriate angles. Has a good feel for blockers and uses varied speeds and subtle upper body turns to avoid blockers on second level. Quick in his lateral scrape and races ahead of blockers. Keeps play-side shoulder uncovered when flowing to the ball. Football magnet with outstanding tackle production and ability to create and recover turnovers. Rangy long strider with instincts and play speed to carry him from sideline to sideline in search of the ball. Has extended tackle radius. Durable and reliable. Has the athleticism and awareness to handle man coverage responsibilities against running backs and tight ends.

Weaknesses:

  • Thin frame
  • Play strength
  • Needs to lower point of attack

Analysis: At 230 pounds, Zach Cunningham has an angular build with a high waist and skinny legs. Lack of power in his lower body creates issues with contact balance for him. Plays behind his shoulder rather than behind his hands in take-on situations. Can get entangled against size and slow to disengage. Doesn’t have play strength to fight past angle blocks once they land.

What his coach says: “If you can find a better defensive player in the SEC or in college football, show him to me,” Mason said at the mid-point of the 2016 season. “Richard Sherman was one of the smartest players I’ve ever coached,” Mason said. “I think Zach Cunningham falls into that realm of guys who can take it from the class to the grass and put it in game situations and be big.” —Vandy head coach Derek Mason.

NFL Comparison: Derrick Johnson

Draft Projection: Round 2

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