Darqueze Dennard Scouting Report

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Darqueze Dennard Scouting Report

Position: CB
Conference: Big10
School: Michigan State Spartans
Year/Status: Senior
Jersey Number: #31
Height & Weight: 5'11 - 188 lbs.
Draft Prediction: Top 20
Drafted 1.24 in 2014 by CIN

2014 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Darqueze Dennard, CB , Michigan State

Dennard has a cousin in the NFL, Alfonzo Dennard, who is currently with the New England Patriots. He has carved out his own niche though as one of the best cover corners in the nation and won the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation's best college defensive back.

Outstanding route recognition. Reads quarterback's eyes and reacts quickly. Decisive in his movements. Always in position and rarely beat by double moves. Great press jam at the line. Smooth when opening up hips to transition into a sprint. Could be a beat slow when getting out of his backpedal. Teams rarely threw his way. Anchor for the Spartans' top pass defense. Above-average fluidity in his movements. Still perfecting his man coverage technique, particularly the footwork.

Average recognition against the run. A beat slow getting off blocks. Seals the edge well tackles well in space. Not afraid of contact. Could afford to add more strength. Average straight line speed. Not particularly an explosive athlete. Tracks the ball well. Can usually come down with the catch when leaping.

Dennard projects as a Top 20 pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Last Updated Apr-30-2014 by Matt De Lima

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Prediction: 1st Round

Of all the possible 1st round corners, this is the guy I like best. I think he should go top 15 to a corner needy team.

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AUWarEagle 03/27/14 03:54 PM