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Darqueze Dennard | Cornerback

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Age / DOB:  (22) / 10/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 188

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Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard will visit the Jets this week.
The Jets are zeroing in on potential first-round targets at WR and CB. Dennard would be decent value at No. 18, and he very well may still be available at that point. The draft media has been higher on Dennard than the NFL reportedly is, so it'll be interesting to see where he slots. Apr 20 - 7:18 PM

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Former NFL HC Herm Edwards ranks Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard as the No. 1 CB in the class.

Edwards is in agreement with the Scouts Inc. crew of Kevin Weidl, Todd McShay and Steve Muench on the topic of Dennard. He also wrote essentially the same analysis, stating that Dennard lacks top-shelf speed but is "the most complete guy at the position." Writes Edwards: "He's not a 4.4-40 guy (4.51 at the combine), but he's got enough speed to stay with receivers, and I really like how he presses. He plays the run well and can recognize pattern combinations."
Apr 16 - 5:49 PM

Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl asserts that Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard "is the most complete" corner in the class.

The Scouts Inc. crew of Weidl, Todd McShay and Steve Muench continue to rank Dennard as the No. 1 CB in the class, a stance many have abandoned. Weidl sees a "hard edge-setter against the run" that excels "when locked up in press man technique." The Spartan isn't easily fooled by fakes, and is a patient and willing blanket downfield, though he must cut down on "the clutching and grabbing," according to the analyst. "Dennard isn't an exceptional athlete like Ohio State's Bradley Roby and he doesn't have as much playmaking ability as Oklahoma State Justin Gilbert," Weidl wrote. "However, he is the most complete player of the bunch and should start drawing attention beginning with Pittsburgh at No. 15 in the first round."
Apr 15 - 10:10 PM

Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard visited the Bengals between Monday and Tuesday.

"Will he be there at 24?" pondered NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. That, our friends, is a fascinating question. Dennard was once thought to be a top 10 pick, but times have changed. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote last week that Dennard will fall in May's draft, and he's certainly not alone in thinking that. Jeremiah had Dennard slipping to the 49ers at 30th overall in a mock draft, so he, for one, would answer Rapoport's rhetorical question in the affirmative.
Apr 15 - 5:34 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard will fall in May's draft, while he believes Ohio State's Bradley Roby might be moving up.

Jeremiah had Dennard slipping to the 49ers at 30th overall in a recent mock draft. "I think it's a real possibility (Dennard slips)," Jeremiah said. "You talk about Bradley Roby from Ohio State, watching him over the summer based on last year's tape, I thought he was outstanding. Maybe the most talented corner in the entire draft class. Now this year, didn't have as good a year and had a bad game against Wisconsin. This time of year, you're starting to hear his name move up the board." Dennard won the Thorpe Award as the best DB in college football last year, but the NFL is apparently down on his less-than-elite speed. Roby is rising for the same reason the Spartan is falling: His measurables are outstanding.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 12 - 8:17 PM

Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard has three team visits scheduled in the next two weeks, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Dennard is set to visit the Rams on Thursday and then the Bengals and Jets next week. A report surfaced yesterday which said the NFL was not as high on Dennard's talent as the media is, so there is a chance the veteran corner could be selected in the second-round. Dennard excels in press coverage and staying physical with receivers throughout their route.
Apr 9 - 12:28 PM

The Jets will host Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard and Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller for pre-draft visits.

No word yet on the dates. ESPN NFL Nation reporter Rich Cimini writes that "cornerback [is] still a top need" for the club. These are two good prospects for them to kicking the tires on, as both figure to come at a lower price than once expected. While the draft media is high on Dennard, the Sideline View's Lance Zierlein believes the NFL is "absolutely not." As for Fuller, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock calls him one of the most underrated players in the draft.
Apr 8 - 6:59 PM

The NFL is "absolutely not" high on Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard, according to the Sideline View's Lance Zierlein.

This is significant, since the draft media highly values Dennard's skills. The pure press man corner is very physical with receivers at the line of scrimmage and downfield, and that hand fighting could turn off some evaluators thanks to "illegal contact" being implemented in the NFL. Teams will likely question his long speed as well despite running a 4.51 forty.
Apr 8 - 1:49 PM

The MMQB's Peter King expects the Jets to select a CB in the top two rounds.

King notes the team has six picks in the first four rounds, so they could be in a position to trade up. Darqueze Dennard fits the team's mentality of physical line of scrimmage corners to disrupt and allow the defensive line to get into the backfield. Watch out for second-round types like Bashaud Breeland or Phillip Gaines as well.
Source: The MMQB
Mar 31 - 11:39 AM

Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard posted a vertical jump of 36-inches and 11-foot-2 broad jump at the school's pro day.

Dennard ran an "official" 4.51 second forty at the Combine and recorded 15 bench press reps. Some teams might be concerned with Dennard's arms (30 1/4 inch) compared to his size (5'11/199), but the defensive back is extremely physical with receivers at every level of the field.
Mar 11 - 1:21 PM

Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard ranks as CBS Sports NFL analyst Pete Prsico's No. 7 overall prospect.

"He is the top corner in a class that features some good ones. He has good size and played a ton of man at Michigan State," Prisco writes. From a Combine perspective, Dennard measured in at 5'11/199 pounds, 30 1/4-inch arms and ran a 4.42. The Michigan State Spartan is well known for taking advantage of the absence of an illegal contact rule at the college level.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 27 - 10:04 AM

Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard ran two unofficial forties of 4.42 and 4.46 at the NFL Combine.

Many questioned Dennard's long speed after watching his tape, and even though this does not clear that issue from some it certainly is not a bad sign. Our own Josh Norris loves how Dennard presses at the line of scrimmage and gets physical with receivers. The Spartan certainly took advantage of college rules, namely the lack of "illegal contact," so Dennard will need to get used to that at the NFL.
Feb 25 - 10:17 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock tabs Michigan State senior CB Darqueze Dennard first amongst draft-eligible corners.

No surprise here, as it would be one of the draft's great shocks if any CB other than Dennard was announced first. In Mayock's rankings, the Spartans' star is followed, in order, by Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert, Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller, TCU's Jason Verrett and Ohio State's Bradley Roby. Scouts are looking forward to seeing Dennard run the 40 in Indy.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 12:08 PM

NFL.com's Mike Huguenin wrote that Michigan State senior CB Darqueze Dennard has as much to lose or gain at the NFL's combine as any other DB.

"Will he be the first corner off the board? His 40 time might tell the tale," Huguenin wrote. "Most scouts love his physical, aggressive nature, but his detractors wonder about his speed -- or lack thereof. He certainly isn't as fast as Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert or Ohio State's Bradley Roby." Dennard remains Josh Norris' top ranked prospect at the position. A quicker-than-expected 40 time could push Dennard into the top half of the first round, but Dennard won't slip out of the draft's first day with a poor showing in Indy. He's simply too talented.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 16 - 3:46 PM

The Patriots secondary is again a primary concern this offseason, according to the Providence Journal's Paul Kenyon.

The Patriots have invested plenty of picks in recent years, including Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon, Tavon Wilson and Alfonzo Dennard. The latter's cousin, Darqueze, is Josh Norris' top ranked prospect at the position and should be a first-round selection, even if he posts a slower than expected forty time.
Feb 11 - 9:15 AM