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06-21-2014, 10:05 PM
Lessons from Bengals’ veteran corners have been “helpful” for Dennard

Posted by Mike Wilkening on June 21, 2014, 7:08 PM EDT
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At some point, rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/9435/darqueze-dennard) is likely to have a major role in the Bengals’ secondary. Such is the probability when a first-round pick like Dennard enters any position group.
And as Dennard learns the NFL game, it appears his veteran teammates are helping him along.
In a recent interview with SpartanDigest.com, Dennard noted that the Bengals’ more experienced cornerbacks — a group that includes four former first-round picks — have been sharing pointers (http://michiganstate.scout.com/story/1413497-contract-signed-dennard-set-to-go-with-cincy?s=175) with him.
“Me having them to talk to after you make a mistake on the field, you plant wrong or do this wrong instead of doing this, having guys watching and critiquing you is really helpful for me,” said Dennard, according to Mike Wilson on SpartanDigest.com.
Three Bengals cornerbacks — Leon Hall (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4204/leon-hall), Adam Jones and Terence Newman (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/2708/terence-newman) — have at least seven prior seasons of NFL play to their credit. Like Dennard, all three cornerbacks came into the league as first-rounders. In short, it’s a unique learning environment for Dennard — and a potentially rich one, especially if the veterans are willing to teach their lessons learned.


06-22-2014, 10:29 AM
I hope Dennard's drive is pushing Dre to work harder too. I worry a bit Dre's gotten a bit discouraged or complacent sitting behind clear starters the last few years (he took the field after Hall's injury, but I worry he came back this offseason expecting to be re-buried on the depth chart).

06-22-2014, 05:55 PM
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-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Darqueze Dennard practices his ball skills at OTAs. (Image Source: Al Behrman/AP Photo)
Here’s a breakdown of former Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard:
Round 1, Pick 24; 24th Overall
Measurables: At the NFL Scouting Combine in February, Dennard ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds, which ranked tied for 19th among 39 cornerbacks in Indianapolis. He performed the rest of the timed and measured drills at the Michigan State pro day. Dennard looked quick with a 4.18 short shuttle and 6.83 three-cone time, both impressive numbers. He was also explosive, posting a 36” vertical jump and an 11’2” broad jump, which would have been the longest among the cornerbacks at the combine.
At 5’11” and 199 pounds, Dennard is on the shorter side (38th percentile among the 2014 cornerback class), but brings near ideal bulk (77th percentile) to the NFL. Two other factors that may have played against the first team All-American heading into the draft were short arms (30 ½”; 9th percentile) and small hands (9”, 24th percentile).
Skill Set: An outstanding press cover corner, Dennard was the best coverman in the 2014 draft class. He likes to get physical at the line of scrimmage and has flashed the ability to run with receivers up and down the field. The former Spartan is very instinctive, an excellent technician, with fluid hips and the ability to read and recognize routes. Despite his small hands, Dennard has proven to have very outstanding ball skills. He will also be a factor in the run game—setting the edge, getting off blocks and making tackles.
Weakness: While I love his physicality, at times Dennard got too handsy at the college level, that’s a real no-no in the NFL where the officials call an even tighter game. While he ran well enough, Dennard lacks the elite makeup speed that you sometimes need in the NFL. He could also stand to get a little stronger. Otherwise, there is very little not to like.
How He Fits: The lockdown coverman should fit in perfectly into what the Bengals like to do defensively, making their physical defense even better in 2014. They want their cover guys to be aggressive and to be able to handle man-to-man duties without safety help, which is just the kind of player Dennard projects to be. With veterans Leon Hall, Terence Newman andAdam Jones a year older, and Dre Kirkpatrick closing in on solidifying bust status, the Bengals needed to add some youth to the position, ideally someone who could contribute this season. Expect Dennard to be part of the rotation from Day 1 and break into the starting lineup at some point in his rookie campaign.
Camp Update: The Thorpe Award winner is signed, happy to have that “out of the way” and is getting comfortable in the city of Cincinnati. In addition to learning good eating spots, Dennard says the Bengals have thrown a lot his way according to a piece by Mike Wilson of SpartanDigest.com (http://michiganstate.scout.com/story/1413497-contract-signed-dennard-set-to-go-with-cincy?s=175). He’s also learned much from the veteran corners in OTAs. “It’s been really good really, having all those guys,” Dennard told SpartanDigest.com. “Since I got drafted a couple guys reached out and talked to me. Me having them to talk to after you make a mistake on the field, you plant wrong or do this wrong instead of doing this, having guys watching and critiquing you is really helpful for me.”