Scouting Report: Darqueze Dennard

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst

 Darqueze Dennard

Sr. CB Michigan State     



Height: 5’11”                      Weight: 199                        Arm length: 30 ¼”                   40 yard Dash: 4.51

Broad Jump: DNP             3 Cone: DNP               Vertical jump: DNP                  20 yard Shuttle: DNP    

 

Strengths

·         Well built, sturdy frame thick lower body

·         Strong, physical player who made name jamming receivers

·         Aggressive, throws his weight around in the running game

·         Good instincts

·         Good ball skills

·         Excellent man cover skills, can jam, bump and run

·         Can flip and run without any wasted motion

·         Smart corner who uses sideline as an extra defender

 

Weaknesses

·         Lacks elite top end speed

·         Shows some hip stiffness

·         Not a great tackler, inconsistent effort

·         Short arms

·         Leaping ability is average

·         Ball skills are so-so

·         Lacks exposure to zone schemes

Analysis:

Darqueze Dennard is an intriguing prospect. He’s one of-if not the best- one on one cover corners in this year’s draft. He’s a sturdy, tough athlete with great jamming skills at the line. He can turn and run with receivers but doesn’t have great long speed. Teams that employ a physical press coverage system will be very intrigued with Dennard. Michigan State ran nearly strictly man coverage with him however. He will need time to develop a complete game at the next level. He good short area quickness, eyes and feet to play zone, so the transition shouldn’t unthinkable. He’s a system specific talent to a team who uses press man coverage. May struggle if a team tries to make him something he’s not.