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Jermaine Cunningham (DE)
  • Height:
    6'3"
  • Weight:
    266 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 3/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 3/8 in.
  • College:
    Florida
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: New England Patriots
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 21 (53)
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Pick Analysis: The Patriots add the unheralded Jermaine Cunningham in the middle of the second round. Though he spent most of his career playing in the shadows of a host of all-stars at Florida, he is a solid player with the versatile skill set that the Patriots prefer in their hybrid players. He gives Bill Belichick another option to use in his outside linebacker rotation.

Overview

Cunningham was the Gators' most disruptive defender in 2009 and has great initial quickness and agility to make plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage. He doesn't have outstanding speed but is athletic enough to be a versatile defender as an outside linebacker or end at the next level. He is still developing his pass rush package but has the natural ability to be effective in the NFL. He lacks the bulk to be an effective take-on defender but is a high-motor player that should contribute on special teams and sub packages in his rookie season.


Strengths

Cunningham was a highly active, very productive defender on one of the nation's top defenses in college. He's an athletic player with impressive pass rush quickness who could play outside linebacker in a 3-4. Has the range to track down running plays away from him and drop into coverage. Durability is a plus. Exhibited toughness throughout career.

Weaknesses

Cunningham can be an inconsistent reactor and instincts are just adequate. He's a bit undersized and a little light in the saddle. Does not possess enough strength and power at the point of attack versus the run at this time.

Grade

7.2

 
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