The Houston Texans select inside linebacker Zach Cunningham from Vanderbilt in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Cunningham had no real contact with the Texans throughout the process. At 6'3" and 234 lbs., Cunningham fills the need of speed at the inside linebacker position and compliments Benardrick McKinney, when the time comes, in the middle of the defense.
Cunningham was an All-American for the Commodores and led the SEC with 125 total tackles. His 68 solo tackles ranked him second in the SEC among all defenders and he was tied for second in the SEC with 16.5 tackles for loss.
In three seasons at Vanderbilt, Cunningham appeared in 36 games, starting 27 of those contests. With 295 total tackles, 39.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, and 7 forced fumbles, he showed plenty of production.
There will be some work to get Cunningham ready for the NFL game, starting with adding bulk to handle the games at this level.
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