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Zach Cunningham LB 6' 4 231 lbs

Rank: 
17
Round Drafted: 
22
College: 
Vanderbilt

Annually to the nation's top linebacker... In October, he also was named as a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to college football's top defensive player... Cunningham finished the regular season as the Southeastern Conference with 119 total tackles (9.9 per game), ranking sixth nationally... Cunningham's 68 solo tackles ranks second among all SEC defenders... He also ranks among national leaders, and is tied for second in the SEC, with 16.5 tackles for loss... Additionally, Cunningham paces the SEC and ranks second nationally with four fumble recoveries... Cunningham earned National Defensive Player of the Week honors by virtually every outlet, including the Walter Camp Foundation, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Maxwell Football Club after a remarkable 19-tackle performance in Vanderbilt's 17-16 road win at Georgia Oct. 15... The effort at Georgia featured a game-clinching tackle for no gain by Cunningham on 4th-and-1 in the closing minute of action... Cunningham closed the regular season with his second SEC Defensive Player of the Week recognition after posting 10 tackles, a forced fumble.