TSV Scouting Department

Darqueze Dennard

Report Prepared By John Harris

Darqueze Dennard Photo: CBSSports.com


Class: Senior
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 197 lbs.
School: Michigan State
  • Jim Thorpe Award Winner - nation’s top defensive back (2013)
  • Jack Tatum Award Winner - college football’s best defensive back (2013)
  • Nagurski Award Finalist (2013)
  • Consensus All-American (2013)
  • B1G Defensive Back of the Year (2013)
  • 2x First-team All-B1G (2012, 2013)
  • 2013 stats:  62 tackles, 3.5 TFL, four INT and ten Passes Broken Up

***Scouting report prepared by former NY Jet/Houston Texan DB Marcus Coleman

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Dennard turned down an opportunity to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl.


  • Adequate size for an NFL cornerback
  • Makes up for size by using his hands and being physical against receivers.
  • Has good speed downfield and good closing speed.
  • Can run with receivers on deep routes and has shown the ability to close quickly on receivers.
  • Good athlete who relies more on technique than ability alone.
  • Has good hip turn and does a good job of changing direction when covering.
  • Back Pedal is smooth, is good in transition and shows explosion in/out of breaks.
  • Very good ball skills, was in position to have more than the 4 INT’s he posted this year.
  • Does a good job of locating the ball in the air and using his hands to fight for the ball.
  • Very good read and recognition skills in man and zone coverage.
  • Good instincts, sees and plays routes well.
  • Shows good patience at the LOS in press coverage.
  • Uses his hands with good initial punch to reroute receivers.
  • Willing tackler who has experience blitzing from both the corner and slot positions.


  • Uses hands too much at times in press coverage allowing receiver to get behind him.
  • Grabs and holds unnecessarily on plays.
  • Needs to do a better job wrapping up when tackling, too many arm/block tackles.
  • Needs to show more discipline on run plays, can do a better job getting off blocks or setting the edge.
  • Tends to over pursue.
  • Better concentration when in position to make an interception, dropped some easy picks.

Film Room

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6:04 Great job staying square, gets a good reroute on the receiver, locates the ball showing good hip flexibility and makes the INT

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7:53 Great job staying square again, uses his hands to reroute the receiver. Reads the back shoulder fade, does a great job finishing the play and ripping the ball out.

8:26 Good job initially on speed release, gets into good position to play the ball but pulls the receiver down, unnecessarily, negating INT.

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3:47 Initially in good position. Instead of running and turning into receiver, he starts to grab, which slows him down. He panics a bit and runs into the receiver.


Dennard caught our eyes a couple of years ago and did nothing but improve over the next couple of years, the unabashed leader of MSU's No Fly Zone. 
He's a ball hawk with strong cover skills.  He may not run low 4.4s but he covers like it.  He's smart.  He plays the ball well in the air.  He reads and breaks on the ball.  One knock is that he's just average against the run.  He'll strike and will make plays in the run game or quick screen game, but that isn't his forte.
Dennard is an elite corner who has the ability to be a major contributor if not a starter his first year in the NFL. His awareness, technique, and physical style of play allows him to fit in any NFL scheme.