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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

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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Steelers Sign All Draft Picks Except Heyward and Brown

According to reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed all their draft picks with the exception of:

1st Round Pick: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State University

3rd Round Pick: Curtis Brown, CB, University of Texas

The following other draft picks have already been signed:

Marcus Gilbert, Tackle, University of Florida

Cortez Allen, CB, The Citadel

and Chris Carter, Keith Williams and Baron Batch.

Report: Steelers – Redskins had trade planned

According to reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins had a 1st round trade planned.  The Steelers were interested in trading to the #16 pick fr0m pick #31.  It is not yet known who the Steelers were targeting but the trade fell through when their targeted player was no longer available.

Per Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider, Dan Snyder, appearing on Sirius Radio this past week, said that Washington and Pittsburgh had a deal in place for the No. 16 overall pick, but "the player was gone."

Earlier in the first round Dan Snyder and the Redskins traded from the #10 pick to the #16 pick to allow for the Jacksonville Jaguars to draft Blain Gabbert.  With that being said, it's likely the Steelers targeted player was drafted between picks #11 and #15.  The most likely pick was the #15 pick when the Miami Dolphins drafted Mike Pouncey from the Florida Gators.  However, it could have been JJ Watt.

It was well documented before the draft that the Steelers were interested in drafting Maurkice Pouncey's twin brother Mike.  What were the trade details?  And would the Steelers draft up that high for a guard?  Those questions are still unknown.  There is more details to follow on this story...

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Team Pouncey Talk 2011 NFL Draft

Maurkice and Mike Pouncey discuss their respective roads to the NFL.  Additionally, the twin brothers talk about playing on separate teams for the first time since they were 6.  Maurkice was obviously a pro bowl rookie for the Pittsburgh Steelers while brother Mike was the center for the Florida Gators.  Watch the video below:

 

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Steelers Draft Maurkice Pouncey with 18th Pick

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Maurkice Pouncey, the Florida Gator center with their 18th overall pick.

Pouncey at 20 years old, can anchor the Steelers interior line for years.  Pouncey is very athletic, has quick feet and can pull which will remind Steelers fans of the Hall of Fame bound, Dermontti Dawson.

Watch Maurkice Pouncey Highlights Below



2010 NFL Combine Results: WR

Below is a list of wide receivers (WR) entering the 2010 NFL Draft – Player Name, School, Height, Weight, 40 Time, Beach, Arm Length

Player
School
Height
Weight
40 Time
Vertical
Broad
Seyi Ajirotutu
Fresno State
6-3
204

Danario Alexander
Missouri
6-5
215

Alric Arnett
West Virginia
6-2
188

Brandon Banks
Kansas State
5-7
149

Chris Bell
Norfolk State
6-2
211

Arrelious Benn
Illinois
6-1
219

Nyan Boateng
California
6-1
204

Dezmon Briscoe
Kansas
6-2
207

Antonio Brown
Central Michigan
5-10
186

Dez Bryant
Oklahoma State
6-2
225

Chris Carter
Cal Davis
5-11
191

Riley Cooper
Florida
6-3
222

Eric Decker
Minnesota
6-3
217

Marcus Easley
Connecticut
6-3
210

Jacoby Ford
Clemson
5-9
186

David Gettis
Baylor
6-3
217

Mardy Gilyard
Cincinnati
6-0
187

Shay Hodge
Ole Miss
6-1
209

Brandon James
Florida
5-6
176

Donald Jones
Youngstown State
6-0
214

Kevin Jurovich
San Jose State
6-0
188

Brandon LaFell
LSU
6-2
211

Brandon Long
Louisville
6-2
216

Chris McGaha
Arizona State
6-1
201

Kerry Meier
Kansas
6-2
224

Carlton Mitchell
South Florida

Preston Parker
North Alabama
5-11
199

Jared Perry
Missouri
6-1
178

Taylor Price
Ohio
6-0
204

Brandon Reed
Utah
6-0
191

Andre Roberts
The Citadel
5-11
195

Emmanuel Sanders
SMU
5-11
186

Jordan Shipley
Texas
5-11
193

Golden Tate
Notre Dame
5-10
199

Demaryius Thomas
Georgia Tech
6-3
224

Verran Tucker
California
6-2
200

Chastin West
Fresno State
6-0
212

Blair White
Michigan State
6-2
209

Damian Williams
USC
6-1
197

Jeremy Williams
Tulane
6-0
206

Kyle Williams
Arizona State
5-10
188

Mike Williams
Syracuse
6-1
221

Stephen Williams
Toledo
6-4
210

Ryan Wolfe
UNLV
6-1
205
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