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New York Jets Prospects: CB Darqueze Dennard

Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State Spartans

-Height: 5’11”

-Weight: 199 lbs.

-Senior

Strengths:

  • Physical Defender; will give receivers a tough time once the ball is snapped
  • Has great speed and acceleration; helps him turn and stay with man
  • Solid tackler; can stop potential big-gains
  • Can locate the ball and read routes well
  • Ideal frame for a CB; broad shoulders

Weaknesses:

  • An average athlete, does lose receivers downfield at times.
  • Good hands, but not great. Does drop potential interceptions.

Analysis:

After getting releasing Antonio Cromartie and failing to sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the New York Jets are desperate for a cornerback. Currently, their cornerbacks are Dee Milliner and Kyle Wilson; although Milliner is a solid cornerback, they need someone like Dennard – who could become a quality starter at the cornerback position – alongside him. He has great vision while on the field and will be physical with the wide receiver the entire play. If he could fall to the Jets at the 18th overall pick, Dennard would be a great selection – especially with the dire need at that position.

Projections: Top 20 Pick

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