2012 NFL Draft News: Nebraska DB Alfonzo Dennard Arrested for Assault on Officer

Sigmund BloomNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 21, 2012

Alfonzo Dennard's draft stock took a hit when he was arrested early this morning.
Alfonzo Dennard's draft stock took a hit when he was arrested early this morning.Eric Francis/Getty Images

Timing is an important part of a defensive back's draft stock, but it usually refers to their ability to break on the ball and make a play without being penalized. Nebraska DB Alfonzo Dennard will certainly be penalized next week for his bad timing, but in this case it will be about his arrest last night for assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and an assault in connection with a bar fight. 

Adam Rittenberg of ESPN has the report:

According to local reports, Lincoln police said Dennard was fighting a man outside a downtown bar when they tried to take him into custody.

Dennard allegedly pushed and punched an officer in the face, and police say it took four officers to take him into custody.

He was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault on an officer and resisting arrest, and also third-degree assault in connection with the bar fight. The officer suffered minor injuries but did not seek medical attention, police say.

Rittenberg also reminds us in his article that Dennard's collegiate career ended with an ejection for fighting South Carolina WR and fellow 2012 draft prospect Alshon Jeffery in the Capital One Bowl.

Dennard was a first-rounder on some lists before the Senior Bowl, but struggles in practice and a week cut short by a hip injury started the negative momentum on his draft stock. Questions arose about his natural fit at corner and ability to turn and run with faster receivers.

Now this incident could push him down even further. Dennard could end up being a value because of his troubling postseason, but many teams will not want to the risk in the top 100 after this news.