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Alfonzo Dennard ruling made

New England Patriots rookie cornerback Alfonzo Dennard enjoyed an incredibly successful rookie campaign, as the physical CB made up for a lack of height through excellent man-coverage skills and press coverage off the line. Dennard also managed to make a positive impact in run defense, but the elephant in the room throughout his play this  season was answered today.

According to Lori Pilger of the Lincoln Journal Star, Alfonzo Dennard was convicted by the jury for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, but the jury also found Dennard not guilty of assaulting a man in Lincoln.

Dennard assaulted Officer Ben Kopsa just before the draft, and this sent Dennard’s stock pummeling. This was a blessing for the Patriots, who snapped up the future star CB in the seventh-round of the draft, and received an excellent rookie season out of him in the process. Dennard’s character was never in question with the University of Nebraska, as he was a leader on defense and well-liked by his teammates. But it doesn’t matter how good of an athlete Dennard is or, more importantly, how good of a person he is overall. When you make a stupid decision like that, you pay the consequences.

Unfortunately, these consequences also befall the Patriots, but that’s the price they pay for taking a flier on Dennard in the draft. I think it was worth the price due to the ability he showed this past season, but he could also face up to six years in prison at sentencing that will take place on the 11th of April.

So was it worth it? We won’t know until the official sentencing is doled out, but so far it does not look good at all for either Dennard or the Patriots. The secondary is already in poor straits, Aqib Talib is set to hit the open market, and now the team’s most valuable cornerback’s (even if you don’t factor in age, Dennard still had the better 2012 season) future is in serious doubt.

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