After several weeks of debating the decision to turn pro or return to college for his senior season, Vanderbilt junior linebacker Zach Cunningham has announced his intentions to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
Cunningham had a sensational junior campaign where he led the Southeastern Conference in tackles with 125 and eventually 1st team All-American status by season's end. The junior linebacker was the heart and soul of the Commodores football team and helped lead his team to postseason play.
The Alabama native came to Vanderbilt as an undersized linebacker who had massive potential. He was recruited to Vanderbilt by James Franklin and the previous Dores staff but he flourished under the teachings of now Commodores head coach Derek Mason.
Early mock drafts have Cunningham going anywhere from 14th to late 1st round or early second round. Many scouts feel that Cunningham needs to gain more weight along with more experience but they all agree that he has the athleticism, size and intelligence to become an outstanding player in the NFL.
Vanderbilt will certainly miss Cunningham on defense as he made play after play and was always there when needed to make a big tackle. Cunningham will no doubt indeed go down as one of the best players to ever put on the black and gold.