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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Patriots select Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska

By: Greg
The Patriots select Alfonzo Dennard, CB Nebraska in the seventh round.  Dennard was projected as a 2nd or 3rd round pick but slipped to the seventh round because of character issues. Some had Dennard even projected in mocks as a late first round pick, so the Patriots are getting a real talent here in the seventh. What I am going to do is pretend the Pats took him in the second and Tavon Wilson in the seventh.

Dennard was named Big 10 corner back of the year last season and all conference two years in a row. For his career he had 21 pass break ups and 4 interceptions. A very physical corner who also can play safety.  He was ranked as a top 15 corner back in the draft by most draft experts, real nice value by Billy here.

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• Good bulk with thick, sturdy build and big hands
• Excellent instincts, awareness and football IQ
• Physical and aggressive with very good strength
• Gets a good jam at the line with a violent punch
• Confident w/ short memory and plays with edge
• Tough, throws body around, plays through pain
• Offers versatility (Boundary / Slot; Man / Zone)
• Is competitive, hard working and a team leader
• A lot of experience against quality competition

• Lacks ideal height and arm length you look for
• Average speed / burst; more quick than fast
• Stiff hips and does not transition smoothly
• Struggles mightily to turn and run vertically
• Gets too caught up trying to bully opponents
• Surprisingly not a particularly reliable tackler
• Poor hands / ball skills and not a playmaker
• Battled injuries and durability is a concern

Injury History:
• Missed one game with a minor toe injury in 2009
• Hampered by nagging shoulder ailment in 2009
• Missed some game action with concussion in 2010
• Missed three games w/ pulled leg muscle in 2011
• Left the Senior Bowl mid-week with a hip flexor
• Limited at Scouting Combine due to a pec strain

Was a three-year starter for the Cornhuskers --- 2nd Team All-Big 12 in 2010 and 1st Team All-Big Ten in 2011 --- Named Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in 2011 --- Overshadowed by former teammate Prince Amukamara for most of college career but isn't as physically talented --- At best when getting hands on receivers and facing the action --- Also being looked at as a potential safety --- Best fit at next level may come as a nickel in a zone scheme --- Enjoyed a great career for the Blackshirts but has some physical limitations and will probably need to land in just the right situation to be successful at the next level --- Overrated and isn't going to offer very much upside.

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