According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese was at Vanderbilt’s pro day today looking at linebacker Zach Cunningham.
Cunningham, who is expected to be a first-round pick, was called the “best linebacker you haven’t heard of” by Pro Football Focus, drawing comparisons to Dont’a Hightower.
Here’s their draft profile on Cunningham:
While Cunningham’s tackling is certainly a concern, his combination of physicality and athleticism makes him a viable every-down starter at the NFL level.
He flashes the ability to square up, break down and finish open-field tackles, he too often comes up high and out of control, causing him to miss.
Raanan points out that Reese rarely visits schools, as the ones he’s visited in the past, like LSU, Alabama, and Miami, have turned into the draft choices of Odell Beckham Jr., Landon Collins, and Ereck Flowers.
Last yr Reese was in Georgia (wanted Floyd), '15 was at Miami and Bama (Flowers, Collins) and '14 at LSU (Beckham). Just saying. #Giants
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 16, 2017
New York hasn’t selected a linebacker in the first-round in more than 30 years, resulting in underwhelming talent at the position for years.
Here is the full list of Vanderbilt players who worked out at the school’s pro day on Thursday:
- DL Torey Agee
- DL Adam Butler
- OL Garrett Gouger
- OL Will Holden
- OL Andrew Jelks
- CB Torren McGaster
- Edge Nehemiah Mitchell
- WR Latevius Rayford
- WR Darrius Simms