Pro Football Focus Mock Draft: New York Giants Select Linebacker Zach Cunningham

Carl Banks – 1984.

The last time the New York Giants selected a linebacker in the first-round, you have to go all the way back to Banks more than 30 years ago.

Well, Pro Football Focus sees things a bit different this time.

In their latest mock draft, they have the Giants nabbing Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham with the 23rd overall pick.

Here’s their scouting report:

“Cunningham loves to take on blockers and he sheds them well and his nose for the ball led to his 56 solo run stops that led all Power-5 linebackers. He has the skills to excel in coverage as well, it’s just a matter of getting better as a tackler where he’s missed 34 over the last two years”

Last season, the Giants graded out horribly at the linebacker position, according to PFF, as not one linebacker finished the season with a grade over 80 in any category (run defense, coverage, pass rush).

Jonathan Casillas and Keenan Robinson led the group in total snaps (800+) and neither had overall grades over 62.

It’s fair to say that using a first-rounder on a linebacker isn’t the worst idea.

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