Headed into this weekend's NFL Combine, Vanderbilt All-American linebacker Zach Cunningham and All-SEC 2nd team offensive tackle Will Holden both were considered possible high round draft picks but they might have helped their cases even further after their performances in Indianapolis
Holden had outstanding showings in both the Shrine Bowl and the Senior Bowl in Mobile. Those performances earned him a spot at the combine and he held his own quite well. Placing in the Top 15 in four categories, of all offensive lineman, Holden showed NFL scouts his versatility to play either tackle spot along with his surprising mobility for a player his size.
The Florida native has seen his stock considerably grow since the end of his senior year and may have now placed himself within the 2nd or 3rd rounds along with the possibility of sneaking into Round one. Pro Day at Vanderbilt will go a long way towards that happening for Holden but he is already seen as a definite NFL lineman that has the skill set to play many years in pro football.
Cunningham went into Indy as one of the top linebackers in the 2017 draft class and he did nothing to think otherwise. A 1st team All-American at Vanderbilt, the Alabama native showed up at the combine standing 6'3 234 lbs and interviewed quite well. Cunningham proved in every facet that his abilities on and off the field should be valued and those qualities could push himself into the middle of the 1st round.
His on the field drills were outstanding as well. Cunningham placed within the Top 10 three times among four categories while being one of the smoothest, well rounded prospects during his on the field action. The Vanderbilt leading tackler still has some room to grow, especially in strength but his nose for the ball and explosive overall play, will be too tempting for NFL coaches to pass on come draft day.
Both Cunningham and Holden didn't do anything to hurt their stock at combine and even possibly solidified their draft positions within the first three rounds. Cunningham could go anywhere from the middle of the 1st round or early 2nd. Holden moved the needle enough to have some people talk about a possible 1st round grade by some NFL teams but it's more than likely that the Vanderbilt tackle finds himself going anywhere from early 2nd to the middle of the 3rd round.
- (40) - 4.67 - Tied 8th place
- (Bench) - 17 reps
- (Broad) - 10.5 - 5th place
- (Vert) - 35.0 - Tied 5th place
- (40) - 5.45
- (Bench) - 22 reps
- (Broad) - 9.3 - 3rd place
- (Vert) - 28.0 - Tied 10th place
- (3 Cone) - 7.71 - Tied 10th place
- (20 yd Shuttle) - 4.72 - 11th place