53. Jermaine Cunningham, DE/OLB Florida
Players left: DE Carlos Dunlap, DT Terrence Cody, ILB Sean Lee, RB Montario Hardesty, WR Golden Tate
- Gives us an improvement to our outside linebacker core.
- Can play on and off the defensive line.
- Strong effort player.
- Great in space.
- Insider information courtesy of Coach Urban.
- Questionable strength against offensive linemen.
- Over commits on plays.
- Inexperienced at the OLB position.
Summary: While I wouldn't have minded grabbing a top receiver, with so many still on the board I don't begrudge the Patriots for leaving that position alone. Cunningham is an unproven player with a lot of promise. No trades were needed to take him.
Final Player Grade: B. He's a great player, I'm just questioning how he'll transition to OLB. He definitely fills a need.
Final Draft Pick Grade: B.