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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:29 am 
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Not sure of where this talk of him not coming out because he's not good enough.
Nothing could be further from the truth, this guy's stock is white hot.
Here's the latest blurbs I've read about him.
I've always thought he was a lot like Karlos Dansby. Even similar to CJ Mosley and Jaylon Smith.
Tall, heavy and long arms. He's a tackling machine that can drop and cover.
Very disruptive in the backfield.
The guy is a total playmaker.

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It "would be a surprise" if Vanderbilt redshirt junior LB Zach Cunningham did not enter the 2017 NFL Draft, according to Tony Pauline.
Pauline reports Cunningham has been interviewing with agents and is close to picking one. Vanderbilt might not put players in the NFL every year, but we would be shocked if anyone does not like Cunningham's game after watching his tape. This can be a very talented linebacker class. Wed, Dec 21, 2016 11:32:00 AM
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Vanderbilt redshirt junior LB Zach Cunningham's "explosive style will entice a defensive minded head coach," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
Cunningham forced a fumble, blocked a field goal and had nine tackles against Auburn over the weekend, giving him a team-leading 94 this season. There are a few things that Pauline thinks he needs to work on before entering the NFL, however. "Cunningham must improve his play against the pass and be more disciplined with assignments as he often fires up the field and gets caught out of position," he wrote. NFL Media's Chad Reuter wrote last month that Cunningham may remind NFL scouts of longtime NFL starter Karlos Dansby. Mon, Nov 7, 2016 05:59:00 PM
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NFL Media's Chad Reuter believes Vanderbilt redshirt junior LB Zach Cunningham may remind NFL scouts of longtime NFL starter Karlos Dansby.
Cunningham continues to dominate out of the spotlight, accruing a career-high 19 tackles on Saturday against Georgia. He leads all Power-5 LBs in stops. "He's listed at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and makes strong tackles," Reuter wrote. "He's physical with pulling guards to shed to make the play. He'll add weight for the NFL Scouting Combine, and scouts might be reminded of longtime NFL starter Karlos Dansby when they watch Cunningham." Fri, Oct 21, 2016 08:41:00 PM
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According to Pro Football Focus, Vanderbilt redshirt junior LB Zach Cunningham leads all Power-5 linebackers with 41 stops.
ESPN's Mel Kiper recently ranked Cunningham as the No. 3 inside linebacker for the 2017 draft and compared him to New England 2013 second-rounder Jamie Collins. "Collins is a star on the rise, and so is Cunningham," he wrote. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler is on record having called Cunningham a potential first-rounder. Mon, Oct 10, 2016 05:16:00 PM
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:35 am 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:21 am 
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Im not comfortable with Jarrad Davis in round 1. He's been hurt all year so he's alot less proven than Foster and Cunningham. He's very risky IMO at pick #22.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:34 am 
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Peppers is going to be a safety in the NFL

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An AFC South scout indicated disappointment in the output of Michigan redshirt sophomore LB/DB Jabrill Peppers.
So, here is an interesting one. Peppers is a Heisman finalist and has already raked in conference accolades in the form of Big Ten defensive player of the year, linebacker of the year and return specialist of the year. Not everybody is sold, though. Said the AFC South scout, "I want him to create turnovers, make tackles for losses, make plays that swing games on defense. I'm not saying that he's not a good player, because I think he is. I'm just not sure that I would have him inside my top 20 players this season." Peppers has just two career turnovers to his fair name. The scout believes that his best fit in the NFL will come at safety, rather than linebacker.


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The narrative surrounding Jabrill Peppers vs. the actual quality of play is fascinating to me. Fans assume he's something he's not.
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Would love to get a true MLB and move Kiko to his more natural OLB position.

Kill two birds with one stone.

We need to draft at least two linebackers.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:31 am 
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Swerve, you're back on draft coverage status.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:26 am 
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You got this Jammer. Good stuff so far. Very plugged in.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:28 am 
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Rich wrote:
Would love to get a true MLB and move Kiko to his more natural OLB position.

Kill two birds with one stone.

We need to draft at least two linebackers.


Thats exactly what i want Rich. I think Alonso is miscast.
Actually a few weeks ago i wanted Alonso shifted over to let Hull try the middle.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:59 am 
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What PFF had to say prior to this season

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If there’s one place in which Cunningham must to improve, it’s his ability to finish plays and tackle. He’ll often attack ball carriers too high, leading to his falling off too many tackles or whiffing completely. Even when he does complete the tackle, he doesn’t finish with quite the same power that he shows when looking to take on blocks.

Cunningham missed one of every 9.7 tackle attempts — 44th-best among inside linebackers — which is actually better than former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith fared as a sophomore in 2014 when he missed one out of every 6.6 attempts. Smith improved his tackling as a junior before going down to injury and getting drafted in the second round by the Dallas Cowboys, and if Cunningham can make similar strides, he’ll put himself in great position to become an All-American and potentially a top-round draft choice.

With a strong showing as a redshirt sophomore, Cunningham has already attracted the NFL’s attention, it’s now time to take the next step in his game. He’s flashed range and play-making ability in coverage, and improving his play recognition will put him in position to make even more plays. Cunningham is a willing run defender, capable of taking on and defeating blocks, but he must improve his tackling and ability to finish plays. If he can continue to progress, Cunningham heads into the 2016 season as a potential All-American candidate and NFL scouts will be keeping a close eye on his development whether he comes out this year or in 2017.


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I have read a couple of places that he might project better as an outside lb rather than inside at the pro level.


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Peppers is like the Devin Hester of defense. The guy is a play maker when he is on the field. I would agree that in the NFL he would cast better as a safety


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Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt
Height: 6-4. Weight: 230.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2017): 1-2.
While the Ishmael Zamora decision was both shocking and stupid, Zach Cunningham's decision to declare for the NFL Draft is very logical. Cunningham has a very slight chance of slipping into Day 2, but it's more likely that he'll be chosen in the top 20. Cunningham is very instinctive and plays the run extremely well. He can also remain on the field for all three downs, as he's decent in pass coverage. There was no reason for him to return to school, as he had nothing more to prove coming off a great season.


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Cunningham declared and should very much be in play at 22 if available.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Miami sign a LB and draft one.


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NJ.com's Mark Eckel spoke with an NFL scout who ranks Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham as the Draft's best linebacker.
"I love him," the scout said. "He's big, fast, athletic, plays his (butt) off." The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder has 4.75 wheels and an impressive collegiate resume. This past season, Cunningham logged 125 tackles, 16.5 TFL, three passes defensed and two fumbles forced over 13 games. If he gets out of Round 1, he won't last long on Day 2.
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He’ll likely be moved to the outside in the pros, which should be no problem for the quick, rangy Cunningham.

Such a large, somewhat lanky frame results in an elevated pad level, leading to missed tackles. There are moments where he’ll get caught off-balance and will badly whiff, but it’s something Cunningham should be able to overcome with time.


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Cunningham's future in the NFL could be on the outside as he possesses the range and body control to excel in space. He changes direction well for a man of his size, showing light feet and loose hips. He possesses the range to beat backs to the edge, as well as exciting closing speed while in pursuit and coverage. Cunningham shows good awareness of passing lanes, as well as the body control and long arms to contort in space to knock down throws.

While Cunningham's size, athleticism and awareness are certainly appealing, there is room for improvement, including in the most important area for any linebacker -- tackling. In part because of Cunningham's relatively lanky frame, his pad level is often higher while tackling then preferred. Cunningham often wrestles runners to the ground with his upper-body strength rather than consistently driving them back through his hips. This can leave Cunningham a little off-balance at the point of attack, leading to his catching runners and pulling them down (after surrendering another yard after contact) or, occasionally, missing them altogether


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Name: Zach Cunningham
Rated number 1 out of 241 OLB's


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A tall, long linebacker that is an intriguing prospect who will probably switch positions at the next level.  Has played primarily inside, but looks more like an outside linebacker in a 4-3


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Has anyone heard how the Phins project Cunningham as an inside or outside LB?


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Has anyone heard how the Phins project Cunningham as an inside or outside LB?


We'll have to wait on a blog from Barry Jackson or Armando Salguero for that one. He's the prototype for inside LB.

If I catch wind of anything I'll post it.


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Has anyone heard how the Phins project Cunningham as an inside or outside LB?


We'll have to wait on a blog from Barry Jackson or Armando Salguero for that one. He's the prototype for inside LB.

If I catch wind of anything I'll post it.



There seem to be some evaluators who don't see him that way.


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Wonder if they are the same ones who said he should be a 3rd Round prospect for tackling issues.

Its his instincts and ability to diagnose plays that make him an awesome inside guy.

If you see any info suggesting he should be on the outside please share as I'd like to read their take.


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I posted some links above that have that idea.


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After I posted I looked at CBS and saw Rob Rang said that (him being the source of that analysis on your links).

Maybe he projects better on the outside but so far I've read guys like Matt Miller, McShay, Kiper, Kouffman and others suggest he's a better fit inside.

Your guess is as good as mine. It is still a bit early in the process and we'll see lots of guys get projected into different spots based on measurements and workouts.


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He's a very similar prospect to Jaylon Smith a year ago.
He should be fine in the middle.
Long, thinner LBs with range. Actually Smith missed more tackles than Zach.


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