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Draft Scout Darqueze Dennard News
04/21/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Defensive Backs: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State, 5-11, 199, 4.51...After injury-marred 2012 season, Dennard exploded in 2013 to demoralize several offenses and win numerous awards, including the Jim Thorpe, Tatum-Woodson, and first-team All-America. Tough, plays with pain, but history of injuries dating back to 2010 could concern teams (sports hernia required two surgeries, shoulder, ankle, knee). Prepares hard, plays harder and excels at press-and-run. Although his announced 40-yard time at combine was 4.51 seconds, he had four clockings there between 4.41 and 4.42, which is a bit more comforting to scouts who dwell on such things. Frankly: Dennard has the talent, attitude and short memory needed to survive in NFL, but may need to be more sly when man-handling receivers. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
03/26/14 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 2 Pro Day takeaways...Dennard and Gilbert continue to ascend...For many (not me), the top two cornerbacks in this draft class are Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard and Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert. Both had positive showings at the combine and kept that momentum going this week with strong Pro Day performances. Dennard's 4.51 40-yard dash in Indianapolis wasn't spectacular, but it wasn't terrible either. However, his results in the vertical jump (36-inch) and broad jump (11-foot-2) at Michigan State's pro day this week can be classified as spectacular, showing off his lower body explosion and technique. Dennard didn't do either drill at the combine due to a left hamstring injury, but he looked plenty healthy this week and helped solidify himself as a top-20 prospect. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/22/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Michigan State CB Dennard shows explosiveness...Dennard led all Spartans with a 36-inch vertical -- Gilbert went 35 1/2 at the combine -- and his broad jump was 11-2 (Gilbert went 10-5 in Indianapolis). Only Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk had a broad jump of 11-2 of all players tested at the event. Fit is of dire importance for Dennard, who needs to be in a scheme that emphasizes his physical brand of football and downplays the kind of freelancing that some scouts believe makes Gilbert more of a boom-or-bust prospect.
He could come off the board in the top 10 but isn't likely to slide below the middle of the round. Chicago -- especially if the Bears lose Pro Bowl veteran Charles Tillman in free agency -- could be a fit at No. 14. There might be no better match than the Pittsbugh Steelers at 15. Head coach Mike Tomlin and GM Kevin Colbert represented the team in East Lansing Tuesday. The Steelers are in need of young playmakers on defense -- especially those that come at a relatively cheap cost. It could be hauntingly similar to 2007 for the Steelers, when Darrelle Revis went 14th to the New York Jets and Pittsburgh drafted linebacker Lawrence Timmons 15th. - The Sports Xchange
03/22/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Michigan State CB Dennard shows explosiveness...Darqueze Dennard cannot beat Justin Gilbert in a footrace, but he is closer to the total package as an NFL cornerback than Oklahoma State's flashy and fast cover man. Dennard starred at Michigan State as a lockdown cornerback. He is knocked for what scouts term "tight hips" and ankles, which limit his suddeness and agility, especially when turning to run and accelerate at the top of a route. In scouting terms, he is not a twitchy athlete. Gilbert could define that term. He has straight-line speed to spare -- witness his 4.37 TV time at the NFL Scouting Combine -- and moves with ease in all directions despite very good size.
Dennard is nicked for being too grabby in the man-press scheme he starred in at Michigan State. But he is a rare commodity for NFL scouts -- a ready-made cover man with proven ability in this type of bump coverage. Tuesday, Dennard added to his resume with a workout that displayed he has more than adequate short-area explosiveness. - The Sports Xchange
02/27/14 - 2014 NFL COMBINE: 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM INDIANAPOLIS: 10. Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard, NFLDraftScout.com's top-ranked cornerback and reigning Thorpe Award winner as the nation's top defensive back, officially clocked in at 4.51 seconds, a time that paled in comparison to some of his peers but when taken in conjunction with his fluid hips, physicality and awareness, puts him in position to earn a spot among the top 15 selections. At 4.37 and 4.38 seconds, respectively, Gilbert and Verrett turned in the two fastest times among all athletes tested Tuesday. Due to Gilbert's inconsistent technique and Verrett's size (5-foot-9, 189 pounds), not all scouts are convinced either will be a surefire star in the NFL but given the explosive athleticism they demonstrated Tuesday, expect some team to gamble in the first round on this being the case. - The Sports Xchange