Scouting Report: Jermaine Cunningham

Written by Will Spencer on April 6, 2010




Jermaine Cunningham


Position: DE School: Florida
Height: 6’3 3/8 Weight: 266 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: -.–

Overall Grade:

5.54

Draft Projection:

4th Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5
Speed 8 6
Quickness/Agility 10 7
Strength/Explosion 10 6
Athletic Ability 8 5.5
Durability 8 7
Character 6 3
Production/Experience 6 4.5
Toughness 8 6
Potential 10 7


Defensive Line Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Run Stopping 8 4
Pass Rushing 8 6.5
Awareness 8 4
Hand Placement 8 6



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.

Analysis

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.


Experience

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.
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

Sociology major at Florida.

Injuries

Cunningham had a minor surgical procedure on his shoulder that kept him from participating in the Senior Bowl.

Off-field incidents

Cunningham was arrested for assault in December of 2009 after getting in a fight that was reportedly over a bag of chips.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 29 18 11 7 1 0 0
2008 51 22 29 6 1 0 0
2007 63 33 30 5 0 1 0
2006 2 2 0 0 0 0 0






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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.