40: 4.89 (Campus)
PROS: Has a decent first step. Plays with good recognition and stays at home when playing contain on the edge. Can make the stop at the point of attack. Shows some ability as a bull rusher off the corner and has straight-line burst to be effective pass rusher on stunts. Can make a quick inside move to shoot gap between guard and tackle. Plays with a good motor.
CONS: Doesn't show the burst and suddenness to turn the corner and close on the quarterback. Is undersized and needs to get stronger. Gets pushed around a bit by blockers. Engulfed at times vs. the run and needs to show ability to get off blocks.
OVERVIEW: Only saw one game of Cunningham's (Sugar Bowl), but he didn't have the same burst and explosiveness I saw as a junior. He was listed around 250 then, and now that he's in the upper 260s, I don't expect that is going to change or what I saw was a fluke. As a junior, he looked like an undersized tweener that might have to move to linebacker. But now I think he will have to stay at end. I'm betting some of it may have to due with him bulking up to play end as Florida went to more 3-4 looks this year than in the past. But he had fairly consistent production in three years as a starter, recording 33 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks combined. Had a should injury that made him miss the Combine. Also played with hyper-extended knee as a junior, and had an off-field incident where he got in an alteraction with a sandwich shop employee as a sophomore.
NFL FORECAST: I think where Cunningham shines is his recognition, and I think he's going to be a nice undersized run stopper. I think if he continues to add muscle and bulk, he can play in a 3-4 scheme. Won't have great size there, but I think he could do it if he got up to around 275-280 pounds. He reminds me of Chauncey Davis, with his ability to play the run, high motor, and less than ideal size. I think he's a step or two quicker than Davis as a pass rusher, but he is going to need to develop better technique and more moves because he doesn't appear to have the burst and speed to be a true edge rusher. I think he'll help a rotation somehow, but won't be a super productive player. I think he can contribute early on in a rotation on running downs, but won't ever be a guy that gives you more than 2-4 sacks a year. He could be a starter down the road, but only for a team that appreciates his ability vs. the run. If he continues to add bulk I think he could be a decent 3-4 starter.
ATL FORECAST: If the Falcons wanted to replace Davis, he would make a nice addition. And while he's more explosive than Davis is, I'm not sure he's going to contribute that much more than Davis does as a pass rusher. The team would like his motor, but he doesn't have great upside to play left end that much better than Davis does right now.
VALUE: Cunningham because he can contribute in a rotation makes a nice fourth or fifth round pick for a team looking for an undersized run stoppper at end.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
PASS RUSH: 3.0
POINT OF ATTACK: 3.5
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