B.J. Cunningham to Dolphins: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Jennifer EakinsContributor IApril 28, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 27: Wide receiver B.J. Cunningham #3 of the Michigan State Spartans runs with the ball during a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on November 27, 2010 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. The Spartans won 28-22. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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B.J Cunningham owns the record for the most receptions and yardage by a receiver at Michigan State with 218 catches for 3,086 yards. That's impressive coming from a school whose wideout alumni include Plaxico Burress, Kirk Gibson, Derrick Mason and Charles Rogers.

He has the size for the receiver position at 6'2", 215 pounds. Cunningham has the reputation as a solid route runner with great hands. His speed has been a concern for some, as he ran the 40 in a blazingly slow 4.59.

NFL.com sees Cunningham's strengths and weaknesses as follows:


Cunningham is very savvy off the ball to get into his route, uses his core strength to swat away hands and leans on corners as he works into his route. He has very quick feet to get corners off balance in-route and the explosion to burst and then snap off routes quickly and gain separation. He is a good zone-feel receiver who likes to sit in holes, catch the ball and then work up field. He is a strong and physical player who makes his presence felt when blocking downfield.


Cunningham can struggle to get open at times if he doesn't get open quickly with his footwork. He can be physical in routes, which at times can allow defensive backs to run in-phase with him. 

Cunningham should have an impact in his rookie season as a No. 2 receiver. He will make a great addition with his solid work ethic and positive attitude.

Cunningham's intangibles along with his raw talent should bode well in the NFL.

Pick Analysis:

Not an outstanding pick for the Dolphins. Cunningham measured relatively small hands by NFL standards at the Combine and doesn't have elite linear speed. At best, will be a weapon out of the slot.