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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

Four-star DE Malik McDowell finally ended his recruitment by signing a letter of intent with Michigan State on Wednesday.

The McDowell subplot began on signing day when his mother objected to him signing with the Spartans. In the two months that passed between then and now, Michigan, Florida State and Ohio State all tried to win her affections and his signature. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound McDowell, for his part, never wavered off MSU. "We constantly talk about commitment," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. "He committed. He maintained his commitment. We maintained our commitment toward him and let the process take place. We continued to work on the communication but didn't press it and didn't force it and let the process work internally on their end." Of the No. 60 overall prospect, Dantonio said: "He's an extremely versatile player. He's 290 pounds and 6-6 and can run and is very athletic and can play end or tackle."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 2 - 9:49 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 WR Bennie Fowler "lit the place up today" in both the running and position drills at MSU's pro day, according to NFL.com.

Fowler (6-foot-1 1/8, 216 pounds) ran the forty in 4.39 and 4.44 seconds and collected a 6.91-second three-cone. Fowler led the Spartans with 622 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions in 2013.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 12 - 7:42 PM

Michigan State LB Denicos Allen ran the forty in 4.75 and 4.78 seconds Tuesday at Michigan State's pro day.

Thirty-one NFL squads were represented at the exhibition and Allen was eager to perform after he was snubbed by the NFL Combine. In addition to his forty times, Allen added a 29-inch vertical jump, a 8-9 broad jump, a short shuttle of 4.51 seconds and a three-cone drill of 7.46 seconds. He also logged 26 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio believes Allen is the most productive defensive/special-teams combo player he's coached over seven seasons with the Spartans. If nothing else, Allen should establish himself in the pros as a special teams ace.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 12 - 6:22 PM

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 junior QB Connor Cook says the Spartans' goal in 2014 is winning the Big Ten championship and the Rose Bowl.

"Anything less... would be a failure," Cook said. "But it's different now. I feel like we're going to have more of a swagger heading into this season." Michigan State is moving into the Big Ten's East Division along with Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana and newcomers Maryland and Rutgers. "We won the Rose Bowl. We know what we're capable of," Cook said. "It's everyone's dream to win a national championship, and we feel like we can do that but you just have to take it one step at a time. The main goal at our program, which is what it is every year, is to win the Big Ten championship. If you win that, you're in a BCS bowl. But it's still the main goal is to win the Big Ten championship and then really everything else will take care of itself."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 6 - 7:15 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


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