Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
40 Time: 4.50
- Quick, fluid hips.
- Shows ability to turn and run with speedy receivers.
- Makes strong cuts, giving him the ability to mirror receivers.
- Locates and tracks ball well in the air.
- Times his jumps well.
- Has good body control.
- Has the ability to be a real lockdown corner in the NFL.
- Tackles extremely well.
- Extremely smart player.
- Plays off a little lax at times.
- Doesn’t have elite size.
- Missed 2 games in his sophomore season.
- Won the Jim Thorpe award in 2013.
- As a senior allowed only 3 completions in 31 attempts in passes over 15 yards.
- 2013 Walter Camp First Team All-American
Dennard has flown up draft boards this season, now being considered by many to be the top cornerback in the draft. Dennard doesn’t have many flaws in his game. He has good size, though not elite. Dennard has completely locked down one side of the field for the Spartans defense. Dennard shows the ability to turn his hips and run with speedy receivers down the field as well as be physical with bigger, stronger receivers. He can cover any type of receiver and has the ball skills to make quarterbacks pay if they misthrow any ball.
NFL Comparison: Darrelle Revis
The two of them are very similar in size and ability on the field. Dennard has completely shut down one side of the field for the Spartans, just as Revis did for the Jets. Mike Bloomgren, the assistant coach for Stanford, who also was an assistant coach for the Jets from 2007-2010, is also reminded of Revis. Revis may have more pure straight line speed, but on the field Dennard kept up with every receiver he covered. Dennard has a chance to come in and play right away and in a couple years be a true shut down cornerback.