Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, of Stephenson High, has recovered from shoulder surgery and will hold a private workout for NFL teams at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Gainesville.
He suffered a torn labrum in practice. The injury forced him to miss the Senior Bowl and he couldn’t work out at the NFL scouting combine.
“I feel 100 percent,” said Cunningham, who started 38 of 45 games over his college career.
Cunningham had surgery on Jan. 5. Dr. James Andrews did the surgery and projected a full recovery.
Cunningham is 6-foot-3 3/8 and 266 pounds. Some teams consider him a defensive end and others like him as an outside linebacker.
“To me, it’s all the same,” Cunningham said. “I see myself as a football player. As long as I get on the field, when the ball is snapped, I’m going for the person with the ball.”
Cunningham said he played both with his hand in the ground and standing up in a linebacker stance for the Gators.
“I’m very comfortable with both of them,” Cunningham said.
In addition to the private workout, Cunningham has a visit set up with the St. Louis Rams and has been receiving interest from nearly 20 teams in the league.
Cunningham plans to put on a show for the scouts who come see his private workout. He still hates that he had to pull out of the Senior Bowl and couldn’t perform any drills at the combine.
“It was real tough because I was looking forward to it,” Cunningham said. “At the end of the day, I had to worry about myself. I just had to get healthy and go on from there.”
Cunningham is happy with his choice to attend Florida. He picked the Gators over Georgia and Auburn.
At Florida, Cunningham had 34 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks, seven pass deflections, five forced fumbles, one interception and a fumble recovery.
“I felt it went pretty good, coming out with two national championship rings, two SEC championship rings and a college degree,” Cunningham said. “It was more than I expected.”
It’s unlikely, that Cunningham will stay at home and play for the Falcons. He’s projected as a second round pick and the Falcons don’t have a pick in the second round.
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Last season, the Falcons took Miami linebacker Spencer Adkins (5-11,242) in the sixth round.