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


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