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Dennard plummets, lands with Patriots

Alfonzo Dennard waited a long time.

The former Nebraska cornerback, once projected as a second round pick, was finally selected by the New England Patriots with the 224th overall pick, a seventh round selection.

Dennard’s stock began to plummet after a poor showing at the NFL Combine and off-the-field issues, stemming from an April 22 arrest for felony assault of a police officer.

Despite his off-the-field issues and struggle in workouts, Dennard’s on-the-field success is widespread. The three-year starter at Nebraska was named the Big Ten’s defensive back of the year in 2011, shutting down elite Big Ten wide receivers Marvin McNutt and B.J. Cunningham.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick came to Nebraska before spring practice began in 2012, partially to work out NFL prospects, including Dennard. In the seventh round, Belichick gave Dennard a chance.

Dennard is the third Husker taken in the draft, behind Jared Crick and Lavonte David.

By Chris Peters

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