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Do these stats prove Dennard is the best CB in the draft?

Need proof that Michigan State University (MSU) Darqueze Dennard is the best cornerback in 2014 NFL Draft?

  • 13 games during his senior campaign, Darqueze Dennard has had 111 passes targeted into his area, allowing just seventeen of those tosses to be completed (15.32%) for 91 yards.
  • In the 111 passes targeted at Dennard, he recorded fourteen passes defended (four interceptions, ten deflections) and rerouted/jammed his man coverage assignments away from 62 of those tosses (55.86%)
  • Wide receivers averaged just 5.35 yards per reception vs. Dennard, the lowest figure by any starting defensive back since the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era began in 1998.
  • Dennard held the opposition to an average of 0.8198 yards per pass attempt.

That pass attempt figure is the lowest ever recorded by any college player since The NFL Draft Report, a scouting information service, began compiling in-depth statistical reports for the league in 1968. To see what some are saying about the Steelers in 2014 if they would have picked Dennard, their odds in the NFL futures might have gone well and given them a higher chance of winning the AFC Division championship.  Even more impressive is the fact that only two other players went through an entire season allowing less than one yard per pass attempt.

Darqueze Dennard's Workout Numbers:

Combine Numbers:

40 yard dash: 4.51
20 yard: 2.50
10 yard: 1.57
225 pound bench press: 15 reps

Pro Day Numbers:

Broad Jump: 11'02
Shuttle: 4.41
3-Cone Drill: 7.07

Positives:

  • Good build with decent size
  • Solid in press coverage.  Above average ball skills
  • Physical corner and can match up with larger NFL prototypical receivers in press coverage
  • Good tackler and strong in run support
  • Aggressive corner
  • Is a fundamentally sound corner.  Possibly a day 1 starter.
  • Turns his head and locates the ball well in the air.  He is probably the best man-to-man cover corner in this draft.

Negatives:

  • Serious questions are being raised on how well he can play in a zone scheme
  • Is a "grabby" corner that could easily draw holding or pass interference penalties in the NFL
  • Dennard is a good but not great athlete.  He does not have elite speed.

Stats:

  Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2010 Michigan State Big Ten 8 3 11 2.0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
*2011 Michigan State Big Ten 30 12 42 1.0 0.0 3 38 12.7 1 6 0 0 0 0
*2012 Michigan State Big Ten 34 18 52 3.5 0.0 3 49 16.3 0 10 0 0 0 0
*2013 Michigan State Big Ten 33 29 62 3.5 0.0 4 38 9.5 0 10 2
Career     105 62 167 10.0 1.0 10 125 12.5 1 26 0 0 0 3

Justin Gilbert is a Pile Inspector

According to GMs and reported by NFL.com, Justin Gilbert is a "pile inspector" meaning that he doesn't like to tackle.  That's a problem for most teams and especially the Steelers because they expect their cornerbacks to tackle.  That is part of the job description and being a "pile inspector" doesn't fit the bill.

Currently ranked at #13 overall (per NFL.com), Oklahoma State's, playmaking cornerback is arguably the drafts #1 rated cornerback.  He is a playmaker with exceptional speed and athleticism but it's debatable on whether he is the draft's #1 corner.

Who is the best CB in the 2014 NFL Draft?

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Walter Football Mock Draft

Walter Football posted their latest 2014 Mock Draft dated 4/29/2014.    If the draft were to unfold like this, the Steelers should feel lucky.

1.15 Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

2.14 Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame

3.97 Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss                              

4.118 Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida

5.157 Max Bullough, ILB, Michigan State

5.173 James Gayle, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech

6.192 John Urschel, G, Penn State

6.215 Kirby Van Der Kamp, P, Iowa State

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