Temple - Owls
Derek Dennis - #63 - OG
|Event||Ht||Wt||Hand||Arm||Wing||Wonderlic||40 yard||BP||BJ||VJ||20s||60s||3 Cn|
|03/16/2012 Temple Pro Day||6-3 1/8||315||9 3/4||32 3/4||79 1/8||5.41||25||8'5"||24 1/2||4.85||8.21|
|01/16/2012 East-West Shrine||6-3||315||10||33||78 7/8|
|03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day||6-3 1/4||308||9||33||78 1/4||5.44|
Third cousin, Dexter Coakley, was a 10-year NFL linebacker and three-time Pro Bowler for the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams (1997-2006). Also, OL Tre Johnson, a Temple grad and Redskins Pro Bowler, is a close family friend. Derek won a pair of basketball state championships as a New York prep in addition to playing guard, tight end and defensive end on the football field. As a true freshman in 2007, started 10-of-12 games at right guard. Hyperextended his left elbow in early September ’08 but managed to start 6-of-12 games — three at left guard, three at left tackle. Saw action in three games in ’09, drawing one start at right tackle, but a torn left ACL cost him the final nine contests (was granted extra year of eligibility). Returned to start 7-of-12 games in ’10 — four at OLT, two at ORG and one at OLG. Made all 13 starts at left guard in ’11.Positives:
Is NFL-strong to generate movement in the run game. Engages quickly and churns his legs. Down-blocks effectively and washes out defenders. Can work his hips to torque defenders. Has a stout base to withstand a charge. Able to slide and cut off the rush. Uses his hands well and shows a heavy punch. Has played inside and outside. Raised his game vs. better competition.Negatives:
Small hands. Is slow afoot with limited suddenness in his movement. Top-heavy and stiff in the shoulders. Average balance. At times, gets lax and punches with stationary feet. Rises when he pulls and footwork gets clumsy. Inconsistent second-level fits/sustain. Has underachiever traits — needs to be pushed and adopt a more professional work ethic off the field.Summary:
Good-sized, strong, short-area mauler who should draw interest from power-running teams such as the Steelers, Jets, 49ers, Bengals, Cardinals and Browns and possesses eventual starter potential.
Derek Dennis's Draft Stock
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