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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Patriots select Jermaine Cunningham

By Greg
With thier second pick of the second round the Patriots have went to the Florida well and selected DE/OLB Jermaine Cunningham. Cunningham was Florida's top DE this season for a great defense. In his last season with the Gators he had 7 sacks and 12 tackles for a loss. In the previous two seasons Cunningham had 6 and 5.5 sacks. He projects to be a OLB in the 3-4 scheme.

A little bit of a reach here, especially with a few other expolsive DEs on the board. But BB knows who will fit his scheme and team better.

Here is his scouting report from CBS Sports

Pass rush: Good initial burst off the snap and can pressure the outside shoulder of offensive tackles. Good pop to push the tackle back and shows a good burst to redirect back inside. Good agility for the stunt. Good acceleration to close. Cerebral defender with the awareness to get his arms up in the passing lane if he can't get to the quarterback. Active hands to knock the ball from the quarterback's hands as he rushes.

Run defense: Lacks the bulk and upper-body strength scouts prefer for defensive end. Shows good lateral agility to control the edge. Understands his role in containment. Moderate upper-body strength to lock out, but struggles to separate once engaged.

Explosion: Flashes initial explosiveness off the snap as a pass rusher. Good initial explosiveness in his punch to the tackle to disengage from blocks. Only moderate explosiveness as a hitter, though he showed improvement as a junior with three forced fumbles in 2008.

Strength: Inconsistent pad level to negate what is already marginal lower-body strength. Good initial pop to disengage, but lacks the strength to hold up if his first attempt fails. Can be driven off the line of scrimmage.

Tackling: Rangy defender with long, strong arms he uses effectively for drag-down tackles. Plays on the balls of his feet and can break down in space. Secure wrap-up tackler, but shows only marginal explosiveness as a hitter. Developed a knack for knocking the ball loose as a junior due to active hands.

Intangibles:Showed toughness as a junior playing through a hyper-extended knee to start all 14 games; also played through a shoulder injury in 2009 on which he had surgery after the season. Voted a team captain as a junior in 2008. Arrested in December 2007 for misdemeanor battery after an altercation with a sandwich store employee.
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