New England Patriots rookie corner Alfonzo Dennard fell from a likely spot in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft to the seventh round, where he was scooped up by the Pats. A promising talent, Dennard has been the team’s second best cornerback this season and is one of the bright spots in a struggling secondary. The defensive backfield will be much better with the addition of Aqib Talib, and this will cause Dennard to move into the slot.
The reason why Dennard’s draft stock was cut down so drastically was due to an off-the-field incident shortly before the draft after being arrested for assaulting a police offer outside of a bar in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dennard was a standout cornerback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in college and was known as one of the leaders for the team.
He made a terrible mistake, and it gave NFL teams a bad impression despite the fact that all his teammates said that he behaves otherwise and simply screwed up. While with Nebraska, Dennard was the leader of one of the best defenses in college football.
His assault trial will be moved to February 2013, after a judge in Lincoln agreed to Dennard’s request to delay the date of the trial. The Patriots CB pleaded not guilty to the felony assault charge and a pair of misdemeanors related to the incident.
Let’s see how things play out for Dennard in February, but first it’s time to see how the season plays out for the Patriots and if the team can once again keep playing until February.
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