Dennard, a cornerback out of Nebraska, saw his draft stock plummet due to poor offseason workouts capped off by an arrest for third-degree felony assault of a police officer. He’ll be arraigned on that charge in a couple of weeks.
Dennard was a highly regarded press corner in Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini’s defense, playing opposite Giants 2011 first-round pick Prince Amukamara before his senior season. Dennard will battle for a 53-man roster spot in Patriots training camp this summer.
Three of the Pats’ seven draft picks are now under contract. Previously signed were seventh-round wide receiver Jeremy Ebert and second-round safety Tavon Wilson.