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Texans take Vanderbilt ILB Zach Cunningham in Rd. 2

The Texans selected Vanderbilt inside linebacker Zach Cunningham with their second round pick.

Chosen 57th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Cunningham comes to the Texans with an impressive resume during his time in the Southeastern Conference.

At 6-3, 234 pounds, Cunningham was a consensus All-American in 2016. He tallied 16.5 tackles for loss, recovered four fumbles and forced two more. A self-described playmaker, Cunningham recorded 19 tackles against Georgia on October 15. He didn't think he was going to be a Texan.

"This is a huge surprise to me," Cunningham said via a conference call with the Houston media. "Right now I'm just taking it all in."

Cunningham was a Butkus award finalist and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik award.

"I'm definitely a guy who is able to get from sideline-to-sideline," Cunningham said. "I've got a lot of speed, quickness and agility. I'm able to cover. I'm able to fit in the run."

Brian Cushing and Benardrick McKinney started at the inside linebackers spot in 2016. 

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