Biography Alfonzo Dennard Cornerback Nebraska #15 Senior
Physical Ability: Dennard has the physical skill set at cornerback.
Durable: Dennard is a tough player even though he does suffer a minor injury from time to time.
Size: Dennard has decent cornerback size at 5 foot 10 205 pounds that some teams look for when evaluating cornerbacks.
Learning Rate: Dennard learns new coverage schemes right away.
Football IQ: Dennard has an outstanding football knowledge for a cornerback prospect.
Awareness: Dennard has a keen vision for recognizing where the quarterback is going to throw the football.
Intangibles: Dennard displays outstanding intangibles for a cornerback.
Man Coverage: Dennard can be an outstanding man coverage corner.
Press Coverage: Dennard has outstanding press coverage ability.
Knows the Cover 1 Shell: Dennard can play in a cover 1 shell that uses man coverage.
Knows the Cover 2 Shell: Dennard is best used in cover 2 shells or in a Tampa 2 defense lining up in a man coverage scheme.
Knows the Cover 6 Shell: Dennard knows the cover 6 shell. He has to be used as a boundary corner covering a #2 receiver or he will get torched on the play.
Can be Used as a Field Cornerback: Dennard has lined up as a field cornerback against #1 receivers.
Can be Used as a Boundary Cornerback: Dennard is better suited playing a boundary role.
Hard Hitter: Dennard is a hard hitting cornerback.
Doesn’t Miss Tackles: Dennard rarely misses a tackle when executing his assignment.
Bump and Run Corner: Dennard is a typical bump and run corner.
Hands: Dennard has the hands to play cornerback.
Patient: Dennard is very patient when playing cornerback. He never tries to rush a play.
Work Ethic: Dennard like former teammate Prince Amukamara has an outstanding work ethic at cornerback.
Production: Dennard has the production that you look for in a cornerback.
Potential: Dennard has the potential to have a pro bowl type of impact down the line.
Zone Coverage: Alfonzo Dennard struggles in zone coverage. Dennard excels when playing man and press. He struggles with zone coverage though. That’s his worst coverage attribute between man, zone, and press.
Cover 3 Shell: Dennard will struggle playing a cover 3 shell because of his zone coverage ability.
Cover 4 Shell: A cover 4 coverage shell requires everyone on secondary to play zone. Dennard isn’t effective in cover 3 or cover 4 shells which forces you to modify your teams playbook to meet Dennard’s needs.
Speed: I would like to see more speed out of Dennard moving forward.
Agility: Not as agile as Prince Amukamara in terms of footwork when dropping back into coverage coming out of Nebraska.
Jumping: Dennard is not the best jumper when it comes to leaping in the air to make a big play. I need to see Dennard make more big plays more often.
Cannot be Used as a Top Flight Cover Corner: Dennard has really bad zone coverage ability which limits his ability as a cornerback to a certain extent.
Cannot be Used as a Top Flight Ballhawk Corner: Dennard has the hands of a corner who can swat passes by breaking them up. He lacks the ballhawk skills to be an interception machine.
My thoughts on Alfonzo Dennard
Dennard is not a boom or bust prospect. Dennard does struggle in zone coverage plus there are a lot of flaws in his game that make him a one dimensional man coverage cornerback who presses receivers well.
Those attributes limit his ability to a significant degree. Dennard could play a field cornerback role in a cover 2 or cover 1 defense. He is best used as a boundary corner covering opponents secondary receivers.