Jermaine Cunningham Scouting Report

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Jermaine Cunningham Scouting Report

Position: DE
Conference: SEC
School: Florida Gators
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #49
Height & Weight: 6'3 - 252 lbs.
Drafted 2.21 in 2010 by NE

2010 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Jermaine Cunningham, DE, Florida

Cunningham played sparingly as a freshman in 2006 but really broke out as a sophomore, making the most of 13 starts in 13 games for the Florida Gators. It has been full steam ahead ever since for Cunningham, now a senior. The defensive end recorded 5.5 sacks in 2007, six sacks in 14 games as a junior, and is currently tied for first on the team with seven sacks (despite missing two games) heading into the upcoming Sugar Bowl. Playing opposite highly-touted prospect Carlos Dunlap, Cunningham is leading the Gators--by a wide margin--in both tackles for loss (12) and quarterback hurries (six). He also has two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He was named to the All-SEC Second Team by both the media and the conference's coaches. Cunningham does not take up a lot of space; he is 6'3 and 250 pounds--the build of a prototypical pass-rusher (although he did well to add 15 pounds of bulk in between his junior and senior campaigns). He is quick off the end (he has been clocked as fast as 4.59 in the 40-yard dash while generally running between 4.60 and 4.70) and can mix up offensive linemen by changing direction extremely well. Cunningham has had some minor injury trouble throughout his career and he was also arrested in December of 2007 for misdemeanor battery stemming from a restaurant fracas. Still, those issues seem to be minor--if not things of the past altogether--and should not hurt his draft stock. Cunningham made a wise move returning to school and it should pay off with a second or third round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Last Updated Dec-15-2009 by Ricky Dimon

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