John Romano: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
The New York Giants should draft Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham with the 23rd overall pick.
Sure, in 2016 the Giants had a dominant defense, but it could be better. Their linebacking corps were one of the worst in the league according to Pro Football Focus.
The Giants have been known for their impressive linebackers in years past, but recently the position has underperformed.
It hasn’t been helped by Jerry Reese ignoring the position in the draft in recent years.
However, there is some doubt on whether Cunningham will declare for the draft. If he is to declare and fall to the Giants, there is no reason for Big Blue not to draft him.
There have been some questions about the Vandy linebackers ability in run defense, more specifically, tackling. It is believed that if Cunningham puts on some more weight, then he will be able to shore up that area of his game up.
On the other hand, the young linebacker is outstanding in coverage. If drafted by the Giants he would immediately be considered their best linebacker in coverage in years.
If Zach Cunningham is on the board when the Giants are drafting, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be their selection.