5’11” – 197 lbs. – 4.55e
2010: 11 – 2.0 – 1.0, 1 FF
2011: 43 – 1.0 – 0.0, 3 PD, 3 INT (1 TD), 1 KB
2012: 52 – 3.5 – 0.0, 7 PD, 3 INT
Started in two of the six games he appeared in as a true freshman, missing the team’s six games due to a knee injury. Stepped into the starting lineup as a sophomore, then was named an All-Big Ten First Team selection as a junior, earning a spot on the Thorpe Award watch list for 2013.
• Has three productive years of starting experience for a major program.
• Quality bloodlines, cousin is Patriots right cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.
• Possesses a thick, muscular build with good size and bulk for the outside.
• Willing run supporter who sheds blocks effectively and tackles with force.
• Physical at the line of scrimmage, can disrupt routes in press coverage.
• Feisty, confident player who possesses the necessary swagger for a CB.
• Above-average pattern recognition skills, occasionally slightly late.
• Soft hands allow him to secure interceptions when in position to do so.
• Has played in press-man, off-man, and zone coverages; best in press.
• Lines up in the slot on occasion, sometimes in order to rush the passer.
• Top-end speed is not elite, may struggle deep versus pro receivers.
• Occasionally takes too long to look back and locate the football.
• Physical style of play may lead to pass interference penalties in the NFL.
• Gives up a little too much separation on quick breaking routes.
• Not a very explosive leaper, may also be slightly shorter than listed.
• Freshman knee injury may require further examination at the Combine.
Dennard isn’t a physical specimen, but he is a physical, aggressive, confident cornerback who is effective in a variety of different coverages and doubles as a quality run defender due to his temperament, thick build, and block-shedding ability. How he’ll hold up against pro teams which test his deep speed and how his game will translate to the penalty-happy NFL remain to be seen, but his experience and swagger should appeal to pro teams looking for a cornerback on the draft’s second day. RD 2-3