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Make the Case: LB Zach Cunningham vs. OT Cam Robinson

Posted Apr 16, 2017


NFL Draft Experts debate if Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham or Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson would be a better fit for the Giants.

With our “Make the Case” series on Giants.com, we look at projections provided by two draft experts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on which player you would like the Giants to select with the 23rd pick in the first round.

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In this debate, we look at Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham vs. Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson.

Be sure to vote and Make YOUR Case in the comments below!

Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated projected Cunningham, who became the first player in school history to earn unanimous first-team All-America recognition. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder was also a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to college football's top defensive player, after leading the SEC with 125 total tackles.

Burke: “The Giants have not drafted a Round 1 linebacker since Carl Banks in 1984, which might explain why we have to talk about them needing a linebacker every year. End the streak, take the three-down LB out of Vanderbilt, improve on defense. Plan B: OT Garett Bolles or OT Ryan Ramczyk. Both are still on the board (and one even falls out of the first round here).”

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Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

Will Brinson of CBSSports.com liked Robinson, a 6-foot-6, 322-pound left tackle for the Crimson Tide. An anchor of Alabama’s offensive line, Robinson served as a team captains for the 2016 season and was one of the Tide’s three unanimous All-America selections. He started every game at left tackle during his time in Tuscaloosa (43 games) and won the 2016 Outland Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top interior lineman on offense or defense.

Brinson: “The Giants have several needs, but protecting Eli Manning is the biggest one on the board.”