NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko
With their first 7th round pick #224 overall the New England Patriots selected Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska. Dennard has to be considered great value at this point in the draft, as he was once projected as a first round pick. Continue reading for more on the selection.
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In typical Patriots fashion they roll the dice late in the draft and take highly rated Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard. Dennard is 5’10″ 204 pounds and was a standout for three seasons in Nebraska’s secondary. Dennard is known for his physicality and loves to come up to the line and press wide receivers. Dennard was a second team all-american this past season and was named the Nebraska Defensive MVP.
The reason why Dennard slipped to the 7th round is because it was reported he was arrested this past weekend for allegedly punching a police officer in the face during a bar room dispute. If not for the recent arrest Dennard likely goes in the third round of the draft.
There are concerns about his ability to turn his hips and run with receivers, but at this point in the draft it is a tremendous value pick. I personally had Dennard ranked in the top 75 players in this draft.
Bill Belichick held a coaching clinic at the University of Nebraska last month and worked out Dennard personally, so he must be comfortbale with what he saw. I expect Dennard to come in and fight for a roster spot and should be highly motivated.
Much more on the selection coming later.