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Michigan State - Spartans


B.J. Cunningham

B.J. Cunningham - #3 - WR

Height: 6-1 3/8
Weight: 211
Speed: 4.56
Arm: 33
Hand: 8 1/8
Wingspan: 77 1/8
Birthdate: 05/29/1989
Hometown: Westerville, OH
Grade: 5.09

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/14/2012 Michigan State Pro Day 6-1 1/8 216 8 3/8 31 7/8 77 1/2 4.31 11.65 7.15
02/29/2012 Combine 6-1 3/8 211 8 1/8 33 77 1/8 4.55 12 9'8" 31 1/2 7.12
01/16/2012 East-West Shrine 6-1 3/8 209 8 1/4 32 5/8 76 7/8
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-2 1/4 227 4.60

 

Notes:

Participated in basketball, track and soccer as an Ohio prep. Redshirted in 2007. Appeared in all 13 games, making 11 starts at the flanker, and caught 41 passes for 528 yards (12.9-yard average) and zero touchdowns in ’08. Started 9-of-12 games at the “X” receiver in ’09, grabbing 48-641-4 (13.4). Suspended for the Valero Alamo Bowl, along with seven teammates, after a fight at a residence hall with members of a school fraternity. Pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery and was sentenced to 18 months probation, a $1,000 fine, an alcohol and substance-abuse program and 150 hours of community service. Reinstated to the team during ’10 spring practice. In the fall, started seven of the 12 games in which he played at “Z” receiver and led the team in receiving touchdowns after racking up 50-611-9 (12.2). Suffered a concussion vs. Penn State and did not play vs. Alabama in bowl game because of a sprained left foot. Became MSU’s all-time leader in receptions after grabbing 79-1,306-12 (16.5) in 14 games (13 starts at “X” receiver) in ’11. Has eight career rushes for 82 yards (10.3) and zero touchdowns. Never lost a fumble. Graduated in December 2011 with a sociology degree. 

Positives:

Very good size with long arms. Functionally strong. Works the middle of the field and makes catches in traffic. Good field and boundary awareness. Physical after the catch. Aggressive stalk blocker. Very good production.

Negatives:

Very small hands. Not an explosive athlete. Pedestrian speed and burst — struggles to separate vs. man coverage. Does not sell routes and yields break points. Too many catches are contested. Struggled vs. better cornerbacks and showed he could be contained (see Notre Dame, Nebraska, Michigan). Shut down vs. Nebraska’s Alfonzo Dennard. Has a 311⁄2-inch vertical jump.

Summary:

Big, competitive, productive, West Coast “Z” receiver who is most effective running slants and working inside and using his size to move the chains. 


B.J. Cunningham's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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