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Alfonzo Dennard

Alfonzo Dennard - #15 - CB

Height: 5-10
Weight: 204
Speed: 4.54
Arm: 30
Hand: 9 1/2
Wingspan: 73
Birthdate: 09/09/1989
Hometown: Rochelle, GA
Grade: 5.50

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/08/2012 Nebraska Pro Day 5-10 1/4 202 9 1/4 30 72 1/2
02/29/2012 Combine 5-10 204 9 1/2 30 73 4.53 10'1" 37
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 5-10 203 9 1/4 30 73 1/8
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 5-9 3/4 204 9 3/8 29 3/4 73 1/4 4.50

 

Notes:

Played cornerback and receiver and returned kicks in addition to competing in track and basketball as a Georgia prep. Played 12 games as a true freshman in 2008, primarily on special teams, and was credited with five tackles, zero pass breakups and zero interceptions with eight kickoff returns for 150 yards (18.8-yard average). Started 9-of-13 games in which he played in ’09 and posted 31 tackles, eight pass breakups and zero interceptions with four tackles for loss. Hurt his left shoulder against Baylor and did not play against Kansas State (toe). In ’10, started all 13 games in which he played at right cornerback opposite New York Giants ’11 first-rounder Prince Amukamara, logging 30-7-4 (31-yard TD against Washington) with a forced fumble. Sustained a concussion against Missouri and sat out against Iowa State. Made 10 starts at LCB spot in ’11 and logged 31-6-0 after missing the first three games with a pulled muscle in his right leg. Did not do bench press at the Combine because of a right pectoral strain. 

Positives:

Compact and muscular. Built low to the ground and plays with balance. Good eyes and instincts. Quick to read and react. Shadows receivers in man coverage. Pops out of breaks and closes on throws. Good ball skills. Understands zone concepts and shows route recognition. Aggressive and physical for his size. Excellent leaping ability. Is tough and will play hurt. Has lined up over the slot and as a “jammer.” Has a short memory. Vocal leader with a strong work ethic. Football-smart.

Negatives:

Thick hips and trunk. Lacks ideal height and length (short arms) to press and work off blocks outside. Disadvantaged vs. bigger receivers. Average top-end speed. Shows some tightness in transition. Tends to clutch and grab downfield. Does not set a hard edge in run support — plays small, tackles low and results are inconsistent. Has been dinged and durability could be an issue.

Summary:

Short-armed, highly confident and competitive cornerback who plays with vinegar. Always will have size limitations, but could contribute readily as a nickel slot defender, is effective in man or zone and does not back down from a challenge. Showed better on junior tape when healthy than did battling through an injury-plagued senior season.  Scouts have compared him to Kansas City Chiefs 2010 second-round pick Javier Arenas.


Alfonzo Dennard's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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