Thursday, April 5, 2012
Antonio Dennard is considered the top NFL prospects from the NAIA conference for this years draft. He's a talented cover corner who plays a very physical game. He's aggressive in all aspects, physical throughout routes, and quick up the field defending the run. Fluid turning his hips in transition, runs downfield with opponents, and quickly gets his head back around to locate the ball and position himself to defend the throw. Displays a good break to the action out of his plant and plays with good awareness. Impressed scouts during HBCU Bowl week with his good feet, patients in press coverage and natural fluidity in the hips. Does a nice job opening his hips showing clean turns and running and re-routing receivers with the proper hand. Dennard also has decent size with and displays good leaping ability on film. Scouts have questions about his top closing or recovery speed. He also shuffles his feet at times down the field instead of naturally backpedaling. Scouts also have their concern regarding the competition and receivers he's faced in college. But he made his mark as the best cover corner during the HBCU Bowl week locking down mostly every receiver he faced. Overall, Dennard is a physical corner who does not back down under any circumstance and shows natural ball skills. He possesses enough ability to be a nickel corner and eventual starter at the next level if he does the little things well. Dennard is an underrated player that could turn into a late-round or PFA steal if he lands with the right team that fits his skills.