NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa
With the 224th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected cornerback Alfonzo Dennard out of Nebraska—and let me tell you one thing: This pick was an absolute steal.
Dennard might have came with some character issues, as he was arrested in late April was he allegedly punched a police officer in Lincoln, Nebraska—but prior to his arrest, I had Dennard going in either the late first round or in the second or third rounds.
This selection was a great value pick for Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
Dennard made his professional debut on October 7 during Week 5 against the Denver Broncos and record one tackle as well as recording one pass deflections.
As the season grew older, Dennard’s role with the Patriots increased as he saw more playing time opposite of cornerback Aqib Talib.
There is no doubt in my mind that Dennard has the talent to be a legitimate starting cornerback at the NFL level but he also has the potential to be one of New England’s more reliable defensive backs for many years to come.
Dennard without a question impressed me in 2012, as he ended up being one player that I always had my eye on. Dennard appears to have a high football IQ as well as being an athlete that can make plays on balls in the air.
Heading into 2013, Dennard should have a huge impact on New England’s defense.
2012 Stats: 10 games played, 35 total tackles, three interceptions for 95 yards and one touchdown, one forced fumble and seven pass deflections.
Letter Grade: B+