Darqueze Dennard Scouting Report

DARQUEZE DENNARD – CB – MICHIGAN STATE

Darqueze Dennard

Strengths:

Has decent listed size (5’11) but more importantly has great length. Always fighting to get his hands between the ball and the receiver. A physical corner who smothers receivers down the field. Has great catch-up speed and plays faster than he might time. Has a smooth backpedal and clean footwork allowing him to get a great jump on some routes. Has rare ball skills and has no trouble turning his head to locate the football and shows the body control to go up and make the play on the ball. Reads receivers well and can get an early jump on their route. Shows good awareness in zone coverage to read the quarterbacks eyes. Willing against the run and does not shy away from contact.

Weaknesses:

Can be a little bit too physical at times and may have trouble with pass interference penalties in the NFL. Likes to grab receivers jerseys a little too much. Tries too hard to jump routes in zone coverage at times which leaves his zone susceptible behind him. A weak tackler who misses too much in the run game.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Athleticism: 3.5
Instincts: 4.0
Man Coverage: 4.5
Zone Coverage: 4.0
Run Support: 2.0
Ball Skills: 5.0
Intangibles: 4.0

Verdict: Love him

He may be a little bit too grabby but his playing style reminds me of Darrelle Revis. Revis gets away with a little holding all of the time, so there’s no reason why Dennard won’t be able to do the same. I think he very much has the potential to be a premier corner in the NFL and would not hesitate to draft him in the 1st round.

Grade: 1st Round

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