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Now that you mention them, don't the Patriots have some sort of pass rushing problem?
You may be wondering why Bill Belichick didn't draft a pass rusher in the most recent NFL draft. It's simple, they don't need one. As Bleacher Report's very own Erik Frenz alludes to here, the successful Patriots teams of the Belichick era never had great pass rushers.
Nonetheless the team still has a problem in the area. Jermaine Cunningham was drafted in the third round last year in order to relieve this problem. He struggled as a rookie and was mostly outplayed by veteran Rob Ninkovich.
Cunningham had a lot going against him however. For one thing he had to transition from a college defensive end to a professional outside linebacker. He also had to deal with the typical problems that most pass rushing players struggle with early in their career. Adjusting to playing against stud offensive linemen is more difficult for pass rushers because they can no longer just rely on one aspect of their game.
What will make the biggest change for Cunningham though is the adjustments to the defensive line. The defensive linemen never get much credit in a 3-4 defense, but more often than not they are the reason the outside linebackers are able to get to the quarterback.
With Ty Warren returning and Marcus Stroud being added to Vince Wilfork's other side, the defensive line play in New England should be much more reliable next season. This will give Cunningham every chance to replicate his college performances.
Cunningham ranks 10th in Florida's school history, tied with the Bengals' Carlos Dunlap, with 19.5 career sacks.