Scouting Report: Jermaine Cunningham
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Very quick first step. Shows great pursuit and does a nice job chasing down the play. Quick around the corner and knows how to get to the quarterback. Was used to drop into coverage on multiple occasions at Florida and seemed comfortable doing so. Good lateral movement. High motor player that can create disruption in the trenches and on the edge. An experienced special teamer.
Awareness is marginal and instincts are limited. Doesn’t posses a wide array of pass rush moves. Strength is a weak point and doesn’t appear to have the lower body strength to stay stout on the line. Will get washed out of plays by strong blockers and will read incorrectly, getting sucked into the play and not setting the edge.
Cunningham may have to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense to make it in the NFL. He needs to get stronger, especially in his lower body, and work on reading his keys. He knows how to get to the quarterback but isn’t an elite pass rusher. Cunningham should have been more dominate throughout his career at Florida with the attention that offenses had to pay to pass rushers like Carlos Dunlap and Derrick Harvey. Still needs a lot of development but could be a nice, rotational backer to start and will play special teams.
Cunningham has 38 career starts at Florida, and began starting in his sophomore season.
Awards and Honors
2009: AP second-team All-SEC selection.
2008: AP second-team All-SEC selection.
Sociology major at Florida.
Cunningham had a minor surgical procedure on his shoulder that kept him from participating in the Senior Bowl.
Cunningham was arrested for assault in December of 2009 after getting in a fight that was reportedly over a bag of chips.
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