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Drafted By: Colts

Combine Results

Grade
63.0 ?
  • 4.94 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.12 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.45 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.88 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He's a pretty good thumper as a blocker. A better athlete than you think for his body. He has the ability to finish in the end zone. I'm happy to see him get an opportunity. He just needs to be more consistent as a player." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 7/8" Arm Length
  • 258LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Cunningham attended Central High School in Pageland, South Carolina. In 2009, he earned First-Team All-State honors. He helped Central reach the 2008 Class AA state finals and a 14-1 record playing both tight end and defensive end. Cunningham collected 20 sacks in his senior year, but was deemed to be a better tight end prospect, mostly due to his blocking skills. Cunningham also excelled in basketball. He chose South Carolina over Michigan State and North Carolina State.



Cunningham saw the field right away in two tight end sets. He was mainly in to block, so he caught just two passes for 23 yards on the year. In 2010, Cunningham earned the Steve Sisk Outstanding Blocker Award in the spring. He played in all 14 games, and logged two starts, while recording seven catches for 92 yards. As a junior, Cunningham played in all 13 games and made eight starts. He caught 18 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. In 2012, Cunningham played in nine games, and caught 23 passes for 324 yards.

Analysis

Strengths

Very good blocker, acts as a third offensive tackle at times. Quick hands and light feet. Powerful punch, and can get a push or turn the shoulder of defenders. Savvy route running, sells body fakes to create separation. Adjusts well to the football.

Weaknesses

Not an explosive athlete. Doesn't jump off the line of scrimmage. Not very fast, won't consistently threaten the seam. Doesn't always make catches off his body. Lacks great height and length. Limited production.

NFL Comparison

Kevin Boss

Bottom Line

Cunningham has seen a lot of playing time for South Carolina due to his skills as a run blocker and pass blocker, but he has been underutilized as a receiving threat. While he's far from a dynamic athlete, he shows enough skills to get open and make catches. He should stick in the NFL, if for nothing else besides his blocking.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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