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Texans' Zach Cunningham: Can play both inside and outside
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham is seen as a versatile linebacker that can play both inside and outside, according to Houston head coach Bill O'Brien, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Versatility is key for us. Zach was a very productive tackler at Vanderbilt," said O'Brien.

Cunningham sees himself as an inside linebacker but he'll need to get bigger to man that spot in the NFL. O'Brien feels he can play on special teams immediately and serve as depth at inside linebacker where he can be groomed by veteran Brian Cushing for an eventual starting job alongside Bernardrick McKinney. Athleticism is Cunningham's greatest asset. He covers ground, is adept at pursuing, and could probably step in right away as a third-down backer.

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Texans' Zach Cunningham: Going to Houston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Texans selected Cunningham in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 57th overall.

It's not clear if the Texans mean to move on from Brian Cushing or instead plan to ease Cunningham onto the field, but here is who will likely be starting next to Benardrick McKinney no later than 2018. Like McKinney, Cunningham is a super-athletic former SEC standout, running the 40 in 4.67 seconds at 6-foot-3, 234 pounds while posting a 125-inch broad jump. After making 16.5 tackles for a loss in 2016, Cunningham has the look of a potential IDP standout once he gets a three-down role.

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