Patriots Talk: Bill Belichick Teaches LB Zach Cunningham
The NFL free agency market is starting to calm down now after a full week of trades and free agents going to new teams for next season. Eyes are now on the NFL draft once again. The 2017 NFL draft will officially begin on April 27th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and many college players are anticipating how they will stack up once they transition to the NFL. Such is the case with Vanderbilt Commodores [Linebacker] Zach Cunningham, the first ever unanimous All-American in Vanderbilt history. He along with many defensive prospects such as [Inside Linebacker] Reuben Foster from Alabama or [Outside Linebacker] Tyus Bowser from Houston, are expected as first round talent in this year’s draft class and as such, there is a lot of high expectations for these players.
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) March 16, 2017
However, getting a chance to be tutored by one of the greatest minds in American Football, New England Patriots‘ [Head Coach] Bill Belichick, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He attended Vanderbilt’s Pro Day yesterday, March 16th, in Nashville, Tennessee. One of the sources; Tennessee Titans beat writer, Jim Wyatt, tweeted a photo of Belichick working with Vanderbilt ace linebacker Zach Cunningham on one of the defensive drills at the event.
Cunningham on Belichick at #Vandy Pro Day: "He had us doing a couple hard drills, but I felt like I did pretty well"
— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) March 16, 2017
It’s unknown if Cunningham is on Belichick’s priority list of prospects in this year’s draft or it’s simply that the veteran head coach was interested in seeing what the young man could do. He would obviously be pleased with having a player with the amount of talent that Cunningham possesses but without either a first round or second round pick in this year’s draft now, its almost guaranteed that Belichick won’t get to see the young Vanderbilt in a red, white and blue uniform. Unless of course, there are trades going on that we don’t know yet, but that would be nothing new with someone as secretive as Belichick.