Alfonzo Dennard is one of the more confusing corner prospects in this year's draft. He has good size for the position and plays well in man coverage. However, he was exposed at the Senior Bowl, getting burned by some of the more mediocre receivers at the event. As a result, his previous status as a first-round pick is gone.
Further, to his advantage, Dennard played with a lot of quality defenders around him at Nebraska, including Prince Amukamara on the other side of him.
Feisty, highly confident and competitive with a short memory, Dennard is a man-cover corner who always will have size limitations. However, has starter-caliber ability combined with desirable football character. Ideal inside nickel back with a ceiling as a No. 2.
Having an alleged ceiling of being a No. 2 corner hurt his draft stock, but in the right situation, Dennard has a chance to be a good player.
At first, Dennard may be limited to action on special teams; barring a massive need at corner, he won't start there on day one. But with some time adjusting to the pro level, Dennard has all of the physical tools to be a starting corner.
Dennard is a second round talent who fell into the 7th round because of an arrest for allegedly assaulting a police officer last week. This far down in the draft, there's no risk and all reward for New England.