Photo of Alfonzo Dennard
Drafted By: Patriots

Combine Results

Grade
85.7 ?
  • 4.55 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Bucky Brooks' take: Dennard was once viewed as an early-round pick, until a series of poor performances and off-field incidents sabotaged his chances. If he can put those transgressions behind him and focus on football, the Patriots could have a hidden gem on their hands.

  • 5'10" Height
  • 30" Arm Length
  • 204LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Like his classmate Jared Crick, Dennard played alongside premier talent (New York Giants 2011 first-round pick Prince Amukumara) early in his career and also missed some playing time as a senior due to injury (leg). But unlike Crick, Dennard was less tested as a senior once back from injury because he lost that elite player on the opposite side. He has some of the same traits as Prince, in that he is smart, plays with instincts and understands how to support in run defense. While he is not particularly stellar in any single trait, he has the size, athletic ability and overall above-average skills that blend together to make him a nice prospect. He is the type of corner who could contribute heavily on special teams in his rookie year. Although he has not been tested much working in the slot, he could likely be picked in the late first or early second round.

Analysis

Strengths

Dennard is a strong all-around player who doesn't shine with any particular skill. But there are few weaknesses in his game. He is a heady player who plays on top of receivers and understands how to turn and run to not get beat deep. He trusts his speed and footwork in man coverage and can fill nicely as a run defender in both run plays and in zone. He is a solid athlete who has fluid hips and can adjust to make ball plays in mid-air. He understands how to play with leverage and jam the receiver at the line of scrimmage, as he is a very balanced and strong player who rarely falls off his stance or gets pushed off coverage by bigger wideouts. Dennard has a lot of experience starting games at a high level and is NFL-ready.

Weaknesses

Dennard is a shorter corner and could potentially get out-jumped at the next level. He can let himself get blocked by more physical receivers at times, but when the play comes his way he usually gets involved. He missed the first three games of 2011 with a pulled leg muscle.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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