The post 2014 NFL Scouting Combine mock drafts of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft are rolling out quickly and thus are tough to keep up with. One of the latest one from a major media draftnik has a cornerback going to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 15th overall selection.
In his most recent mock released this past Thursday, Charles Davis of NFL.com tabs Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard as the Steelers first choice in the May draft.
Steelers seeking help throughout their defense. Dennard brings talent and toughness.
Dennard measured in at the combine at just under 5’11″ and weighed 199pounds. At the combine, many feel that he answered the questions about his long-speed by running a 4.51 second, 40-yard dash. Others, however, maintain that Dennard was too stiff for their liking during drills.
Dennard, as evidenced by his play on tape, specializes in press coverage and he uses his strength and instincts off of the line of scrimmage very well. Against the run, Dennard is a willing participant and he is an above average tackler for a defensive back that works through blockers consistently.
In 45 games at Michigan State, Dennard registered 10 interceptions. Four of those picks came in 2013 to go along with 10 pass breakups.
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