Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard Says He Has A Pre Draft Visit With Steelers Scheduled

The Pittsburgh Steelers have already started lining up their pre draft visits and after already hearing that Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson will be coming to town, it looks like Michigan State top-rated cornerback Darqueze Dennard also has a visit planned as well.

“The Steelers and Cincinnati,” Dennard said on Thursday, when asked what teams he currently has visits scheduled with. “I’m not sure about the rest. My agent just gives me my schedule on Sunday and tells me where I’m going. It’s tough because I’m also in school right now, planning on finishing up in May (with a degree in communications).”

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin were both present for Dennard’s Pro Day over a week ago and when you consider the team is expected to take a cornerback in the early rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, Dennard’s scheduled visit to the Southside doesn’t come as a surprise.

Dennard excels at press-man coverage and while a bit undersized at just under 5’11”, he thinks he can cover all types of receivers.

“I can handle all of them. None of them really give me problems,” he said Thursday.

Dennard ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine last month and reportedly had a good showing at his Pro Day, where he recorded a 36″ vertical jump and an 11’2″ broad jump.

The Steelers are allowed 30 out of area pre draft visitors between now and the draft.

  • Jason Vancil

    He’s a nice prospect. I like his physicality, however watching a lot of his tape, he is real grabby in coverage. I saw 4 PI or Holding calls against him in 5 games viewed and probably could’ve been called for a few others.

  • Addison

    Steelers are working this draft at every corner. I like the sense of urgency. Can’t wait to see how this unfolds.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Smokescreen. We want a receiver. 🙂

  • mlc43

    Do you really think so? I think we take Gilbert or Dennard if they are available.

  • Doug Sawyer

    Gilbert maybe

  • Steelers12328882

    Pass. We need a WR now more then we do a CB. We might need a DE more then we need a CB too.

  • steelster

    Yes, after gilbert and dennard you have quite a drop off if you select a cb in the second round. Would be good to go cb then wr.

  • Jay Jaber

    Agree. I think we can go another year without a cb in the first 2 rounds. I can’t say the same for WR though.

  • steelster

    So you are comfortable with Ike taylor as the starting cb.

  • shawn

    i dont think any of us are … but the reality is he is starting next year regardless who comes in … even gilbert !

  • Eric MacLaurin

    And what happens the following year?

    Too many wr’s to pick one in the first. We also have 2 young starting wr”s on the roster. The desperation is a farce.

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  • Don

    It depends on how deep they think the talent pool is in the different positions. A lot of people think pretty good WRs can be had in the middle rounds, but there is a decent drop off in CBs after the first 3 or so.

  • Superdriller316

    Just one of many to come.

  • mlc43

    There is a huge drop off in CB talent after the first 2 or 3 corners. The WRs are very deep this year. We need to get a quality starting QB this year so that they can be ready to go next year.

  • steelster

    yes, but I think you meant to say cb not qb.

  • Tom Bridge

    Gilbert seems to be a better fit in dicks system, but I’d really like Dennar as the pick if we started to play more press man! Jus hope we don’t try and fit a square peg in a round hole as Dave would say an try an turn him into something he’s not

  • MC

    Right with ya on that. CB in the first cause if that drop off, and double dip for receivers after round one.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I was kidding. Thus the smiley face.

    Tomlin is not very sneaky. He usually tips his hand.

  • Craig Ressler

    Yeah, I disagree. Until we get Taylor’s replacement, CB will be one of our most pressing needs. Especially sine most times it takes two+ years to see the field. Couple this with the fact that this year’s WR class is the deepest its may ever been through the first three rounds. For this reason, it really doesn’t make sense to draft a WR in the 1st (but2nd/3rd) and rather draft another position of need (presumably one more pressing) in the first where the drop off and depth at that position is more significant and shallow than the WR position.

  • kev4heels

    Really torn on Dennard. I have come to really like his game. I don’t honestly feel like he is worth 1.15 but would completely understand if the Steelers took him. He is very physical and that’s fine. Make the refs call it. The Ratbirds have been playing that style for years and it works. I really like his run support and attitude as well. I would prefer a trade down 5 or spots and then take Dennard but I doubt he will be there.

    We shall see…

  • kev4heels

    Oh, I don’t think it’s a joke. If Evans is there at 1.15, he WILL be the pick. If not, I think one of Benjamin/Dennard/Gilbert will be the choice.

    The Steelers WILL take a larger WR in rds 1 or 2. Mark it down. They almost have to. We have AB and MW right now – that’s it.

  • kev4heels

    Quantity doesn’t trump quality though. I hear ya’ ref the overabundance of WR talent. But Evans > Matthews.
    Benjamin > Adams, etc…

    I can see a CB or WR depending on who is on the board.

  • srdan

    I agree, very methodical.

  • disqus_WrRvUyG2DA

    We need taller people in the secondary like Seattle has.

  • James Kling

    Dennard’s tall enough. He’s no midget.

  • lefnor

    There is absolutely no dropoff after the first round. For example Fuller, Verrett, Desir, Breeland or Terrance Mitchell are at least the same caliber as Dennard who is very overrated imo.
    I would pick Nix or Benjamin in the first and a CB in the second or third.

  • Craig Ressler

    Assuming this is true, I read that he just wasn’t asked to play a lot of zone coverage. Doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t and that he only excels in man to man but simply hadn’t had a lot of experience in that scheme. I’d say Lake and co. would have a good feel for his ability to play zone despite that not being the scheme he is used to playing. Read K. Fuller is a good zone corner. But I agree, if they don’t feel like Dennard can be a good fit for their defense, don’t force it, right?! just because we need a CB, haha.

  • Jazz

    And exactly how does he do that?

  • John Hinton

    Whoever we draft at the CB position this year, I would love for one of them to pan out to be the equivalent of Revis in his prime or R. Sherman (with respect to their on the field play). Is this too much to ask for in a Steelers CB?!