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Make the Case: LB Zach Cunningham vs. RB Christian McCaffrey


NFL Draft Experts debate if Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham or Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey would be a better fit for the Giants.

With our "Make the Case" series on, 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.

In this debate, we look at Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham vs. Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey:

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

Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

Pete Prisco of 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.

Prisco: "He really showed up on [Vanderbilt's] defense, and the Giants have a major need for a linebacker. The defense is improving, but they need better play from this spot."


Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

Rob Rang of The Sports Xchange liked McCaffrey, a 6-foot, 197-pound former Heisman Trophy finalist. As a sophomore in 2015, he set the NCAA single-season record for all-purpose yards (3,864) and was named the Associated Press and Pac-12 Player of the Year.

Rang: "McCaffrey isn't a bruiser but his instincts, shiftiness and soft hands out of the backfield could make him an intriguing weapon for Big Blue."

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