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2017 Houston Texans Draft Results (Round 2): Texans Select LB Zach Cunningham 57th Overall

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Houston has added an athletic play-making linebacker to their league-best defensive unit. Join the conversation on Battle Red Blog.

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The Houston Texans have made their second selection of the 2017 NFL Draft, selecting Zach Cunningham (LB—Vanderbilt).

Houston honored legendary Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson by having him announce this pick on stage in Philly.

Cunningham is a great value at this point in the draft, as many had first round grades for him.

Here is his NFL Draft Profile where he is compared to Alex Ogletree.

STRENGTHS

Play-making machine. Plays on a downhill tilt and is always looking to draw first blood. Fast to see it, process and respond. Creates tackles for losses by shooting gaps at appropriate angles. Has a good feel for blockers and uses varied speeds and subtle upper body turns to avoid blockers on second level. Quick in his lateral scrape and races ahead of blockers. Keeps play-side shoulder uncovered when flowing to the ball. Football magnet with outstanding tackle production and ability to create and recover turnovers. Rangy long strider with instincts and play speed to carry him from sideline to sideline in search of the ball. Has extended tackle radius. Durable and reliable. Has the athleticism and awareness to handle man coverage responsibilities against running backs and tight ends. Quick to trigger on throws from zone and limit yards after catch.

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this pick! If you don’t yet feel the same, check out Brett’s scouting report on Cunningham.

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