At 5'10" and 204 lbs, Dennard was considered one of the top prospects at the cornerback position in the weeks and months leading up to the draft. However, Dennard was arrested for assaulting a police officer a week ago, and saw his stock plummet. Originally seen as a first or second round talent, Dennard had an average final season at Nebraska, before his recent off the field issues.
He's got excellent size and can excel in press man coverage. He's got good instincts, average ball skills, and despite only average athleticism (4.55) is fluid enough to mirror receivers off the line. He lacks length at the cornerback position, and of course, there are the off the field issues to consider.
Nonetheless, in the seventh round, this is a real low-risk, high-reward selection. If he can get his legal issues behind him, Dennard will offer the Patriots starting-caliber talent who can contribute immediately. Getting that kind of potential in the seventh round, even with the character risks, is something that has to excite Patriots fans.
Greg's Grade: A-