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Dennard isn’t down from his draft-day drop

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A dozen years ago, the Patriots benefited tremendously from the availability in round six of a quarterback who would become one of the best to put a helmet over his widely varying types and lengths of hair.  But Tom Brady didn’t slide; he wasn’t expected to go much higher, if any higher, than the sixth round.

In 2012, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard did a draft-day free fall after an unfortunate incident from the prior weekend involving an alleged punch to an actual cop.  Though the drop wasn’t a surprise in light of his arrest, Dennard would have been draft much higher but for the arrest.

In the end, it could end up being another coup for the Pats.

Dennard’s agent, Brian Murphy, explains to Tom Curran of CSN New England that the former Cornhusker remains in good spirits despite enduring a major disappointment.  “His reaction to the whole process was mind-boggling to me because he said, ‘Things happen the way they’re supposed to happen.  And this is all happening for a reason and all I can do is prove everyone wrong and show that I’m a great cornerback, a great teammate and a great man,’ and he wants to reward the Patriots for the faith they showed.  I wouldn’t describe him as down and out,” Murphy told Curran.

Murphy’s predictable assessment meshes with recent words from Dennard’s new coach and his old one.  Both Bill Belichick and Bo Pelini believe in Dennard.  “He’s a perfect representative of [his hometown] and they’re so proud of him,” Murphy said.  “When I met him, it was always, ‘Yes, sir; No, sir; Yes, Mr. Murphy.’  When I asked what was important to him, he said taking care of his mom and representing his town well.  It was a neat experience watching how the people in town reacted to him.”

Still, Dennard continues to face the felony charge of assaulting a police officer.  Dennard’s arraignment is set for Wednesday.  A trial date could be set during the hearing.  And even if the alleged conduct was out of character, Dennard still needs to deal with the aftermath of what could end up being one of the dumbest things he ever did, or will ever do.

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  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 28, 2012 3:03 PM

    Alfonso might miss the hearing because he is coaching special need kids at the park, while simultaneously watching for little old ladies who need help crossing the street. The ones who didn’t take up his offer to home deliver groceries purchased with the money he makes working night shifts at a fast food outlet. Where he leads prayer meetings and counsels young line cooks on becoming responsible adults.

  2. captainwisdom8888 says: May 28, 2012 3:12 PM

    Wow, what genius methods by Dennard. If this kid sat home with his momma leading up to the draft who knows where he would be playing…Cincinatti…Cleveland. Instead, he decks a cop and gets picked up by the New England Patriots…SMART MOVE BROTHA.

    Lets see if any of next year’s draftees employ this technique…

  3. bballpat07 says: May 28, 2012 3:15 PM

    “In the end, it could end up being another coup for the Pats.”

    Media sites like this and ESPN are so bias toward NE and PITT and its not even funny! The guy punched a police officer in the face for crying out loud so he obviously has some anger issues.

    Truth is, every team takes risks on these types of players with questionable character concerns hoping that they turn it around. I can’t blame the Patriots for taking a chance on him because it is definitely a low risk – high reward scenario.

    But, I would bet money that if the Bengals or Lions drafted this guy, there would have been numerous articles on how they are still the bottom scrapers of the NFL because they draft risky character guys with lots of baggage.

  4. tfbuckfutter says: May 28, 2012 3:22 PM

    Something tells me the agent may be, umm….paraphrasing his comments a bit.

    At least if he turns out to have first round talent, he’ll get a big payday eventually.

  5. tombradyallday says: May 28, 2012 3:23 PM

    anytime a player is takin late he always has a chip on their shoulder, watch hes going to turn out to be an impact player in new england

  6. backindasaddle says: May 28, 2012 3:27 PM

    Mr. Dennard will have no choice but to “get his mind right” at the BB ranch in Foxboro. The kid was projected as a 2nd rounder. If he truly does “get his mind right” and proves he’s not a certifiable turd, then his talent level is such that he could be an absolute steal.

  7. cletusvandam says: May 28, 2012 3:29 PM

    I’m sure he was just innocently swinging his arms like a windmill while walking down the street and the cop walked into him.
    Knowing what they knew when they drafted this guy the Patriots should be punished if he’s arrested again, for anything. Just like Detroit should be punished for Fairley’s and Leshoure’s repeated arrests, and the Bengals for… well their whole roster.

  8. CKL says: May 28, 2012 3:30 PM

    I hope this while thing is an anomaly and sounds worse than it actually was. That said, he hasn’t come off to me as a “problem person” in anything he’s said or done since he was drafted. He has a young’un and another one on the way so even if he doesn’t make it on my team or in the NFL I hope he is who I think he is.

    I am glad he’s shown respect to his agent but I hope he hasn’t lost sight of the fact his agent works for HIM, not the other way around. Sometimes I think that dynamic gets reversed in players’ minds and it can get them in trouble especially if the agent is unethical.

  9. paxtonboyd says: May 28, 2012 3:34 PM

    Bballpat07 — I completely agree. Had the Bengals taken Dennard at ANY point in the draft, this would be a “Why do the Bengals continue to take players with troubled pasts?” story. Heck — even if they didn’t spend a draft pick on him and picked him up in free agency. We saw that much when they signed Vontaze Burfict as an undrafted free agent.

  10. backindasaddle says: May 28, 2012 3:40 PM

    bballpat07 says:
    May 28, 2012 3:15 PM
    “In the end, it could end up being another coup for the Pats.”

    Media sites like this and ESPN are so bias toward NE and PITT and its not even funny! The guy punched a police officer in the face for crying out loud so he obviously has some anger issues.

    Truth is, every team takes risks on these types of players with questionable character concerns hoping that they turn it around. I can’t blame the Patriots for taking a chance on him because it is definitely a low risk – high reward scenario.

    But, I would bet money that if the Bengals or Lions drafted this guy, there would have been numerous articles on how they are still the bottom scrapers of the NFL because they draft risky character guys with lots of baggage.
    ___________________________________________________

    The reason that franchises such as NE and Pittsburgh are given so much more slack in the media as opposed to franchises such as Detroit and Cincinnati is because….. they MERIT it. They have a history of making many more good decisions than bad decisions and with franchises like Detroit and Cincinnati it’s just the opposite. So in a sense, they have built up far more credibility and “trust equity” so to speak. It’s really very simple…. if you have a track record of success then your decision making acumen is more highly respected than if you have a track record of failure. That’s all it is.

  11. kattykathy says: May 28, 2012 3:49 PM

    The Patriots have no care or concern whether or not convicts play for them. All that matters is wins(whether tainted or not).

    Belichik has no class, so why expect the team to exhibit any either? Whereas other coaches want high character people on the team, Belicheat doesnt care about anything a player does if he can help get a win.

    The Bengals have gotten a bad rap for signing problem players, but New England is MUCH worse. Patriots have women abusers, dope abuser, drunk drivers, dope dealers, dope dealers-turned-snitches, assaulters, and others I’m missing and Belicheat will not cut ANY of them unless he can find a more talented replacement.

    Not one Super Bowl earned.
    Not one ounce of class.
    Not one ounce of integrity.

  12. profootballwalk says: May 28, 2012 3:58 PM

    “But, I would bet money that if the Bengals or Lions drafted this guy, there would have been numerous articles on how they are still the bottom scrapers of the NFL because they draft risky character guys with lots of baggage.”
    ————————————————-

    And you see no reason for that fact?

  13. tfbuckfutter says: May 28, 2012 3:59 PM

    Yes, the Bengals would have gotten hammered for drafting him….because of their REPUTATION.

    Say what you want about the Patriots organization, but they built their reputation on bringing in team first players who don’t cause distractions on or off the field. Now they can take risks on guys like Ochocinco and Haynesworth because of that earlier reputation. They have some leeway.

    Like the Patriots, the Bengals are still coasting on the reputation they built over the last decade….so when they take a guy with problems, they are going to get hammered for it because it shows they aren’t changing. They don’t get the same benefit.

  14. patsfiend says: May 28, 2012 4:03 PM

    Yeah, maybe we shouldn’t be comparing Dennard to Tom Brady just yet. Okay?

  15. ttommytom says: May 28, 2012 4:10 PM

    I’m a retired cop. I’ve been swung at many times over.

    It all depends on the truth:

    Did he swing on the cop in the heat of the moment while the cop was breaking up a fight? (stupid to be in a fight with millions on the line, in the first place).

    Or

    Did he square up and go toe to toe ?

    BIG DIFFERENCE.

    One is a mistake; Two is a bad person. You STILL have to pay for a mistake but it does not make you a bad person. You square up with a cop, there is no fixing that.

  16. luthierjr says: May 28, 2012 4:23 PM

    Everyone makes mistakes.

    I’m glad the kid might be getting a chance to learn from those mistakes and better himself. The bad mistakes are the ones you don’t learn from.

    If he screws up like this again then by all means kick him to the curb. Until then enjoy your second chance Dennard and make the most of it.

  17. paulsmith107 says: May 28, 2012 4:31 PM

    So let’s see the pats draft a guy who punched a cop in the face and that a great move. If the bengals drafted him its a punch line to another joke.

  18. backindasaddle says: May 28, 2012 4:32 PM

    kattykathy says:
    May 28, 2012 3:49 PM
    The Patriots have no care or concern whether or not convicts play for them. All that matters is wins(whether tainted or not).

    Belichik has no class, so why expect the team to exhibit any either? Whereas other coaches want high character people on the team, Belicheat doesnt care about anything a player does if he can help get a win.

    The Bengals have gotten a bad rap for signing problem players, but New England is MUCH worse. Patriots have women abusers, dope abuser, drunk drivers, dope dealers, dope dealers-turned-snitches, assaulters, and others I’m missing and Belicheat will not cut ANY of them unless he can find a more talented replacement.

    Not one Super Bowl earned.
    Not one ounce of class.
    Not one ounce of integrity.
    _______________________________________________________

    This is absolutely comical. When somebody makes such inaccurate, blatantly and transparently biased, ridiculous and over the top foolish statements such as this, they simply lose all credibility. This is a perfect example. What utter and complete silliness.

  19. boblavoie says: May 28, 2012 4:36 PM

    kattykathy knows what “class” is. Just look at her absurd comments. She has all the class it takes to make a fool of herself.

  20. captfoxboro says: May 28, 2012 4:45 PM

    ttommytom hit it on the head .

    Until the specific facts of the matter come out – no sense in commenting on the act itself.

    What if it turns out Denard was just coming to the aid of a friend who was being man handled by an undercover cop and Denard didn’t even realize it was a law enforcement officer ?

    Compare this to if Denard landed a hangmaker to the back of the head of a man in blue .

    Two polar opposite scenarios that basically would carry the same initial charge .

    The man deserves his day in court .

  21. rajbais says: May 28, 2012 4:51 PM

    That’s a good attitude because you should work as hard as possible regardless of the selection!!! Just because one was selected several rounds higher and technically paid more it does not mean that you are at a disadvantage!!!

    If your team allows you to use their facility to your fullest advantage you will be fine!!!!

  22. scoregasmic says: May 28, 2012 4:52 PM

    Just putting it out there but Dennard has the talent to be one of the better corners in this league

  23. randallflagg52 says: May 28, 2012 5:12 PM

    So if he was a projected second rounder before falcon punching a cop, is he doomed to be the next bust at corner for New England?

    They haven’t done well with those second round corners lately, Terrance Wheatley, Darius Butler, Ras-I Dowling all are busts except Dowling. Not looking good for Dowling though as he was fragile in college and missed his whole rookie year.

  24. monkeyboy12 says: May 28, 2012 5:20 PM

    i dont know the whole story, but he still punch a COP! sounds like he has authority issues!!!

  25. massappeal12345 says: May 28, 2012 5:35 PM

    ESPN is already working on “Dennard Sixth”.

  26. atwatercrushesokoye says: May 28, 2012 5:37 PM

    Do we really need to keep fawning over the “brilliance” of Bill Belichick? He drafted a player with loads of talent but highly questionable off the field record, most teams do that every draft some work out and some don’t. And given the desperation of BB’s recent acquisitions (Haynesworth, Chad Johnson) is it really surprising that he’d take a risk on a character concern? His drafts have become mediocre, the “dynasty” has gone 7 years since their last championship and his golden goose is on the backside of his career, BB needs to do all that he can to get one more championship, hence the addition of every over 30 receiver they could get their hands on…throw it against the wall, hope something sticks.

    All of these rookies are 2 months away from their first training camp, can we stop with the articles about how great every single drafted player looks in shorts running drills at nowhere near game tempo or intensity?

    And the last thing, Tom Brady was a 6th rounder?! I had no idea! You’d think this is something the media might cover? Perhaps they can create a tv special dedicated to this, and Mr. Bundchen can look at the camera and cry because *gasp* there were players drafted ahead of him.

  27. bullcharger says: May 28, 2012 5:54 PM

    Hope this guy works out, but you don’t suddenly become a person that fights in publc and then swings at the cop who is breaking it up. I suspect it’s not his first rodeo.

    Guys like this need to stay away from booze and bars in general or they won’t make it in the NFL. That’s the trade off for getting paid millions of dollars. It’s not so bad.

  28. leo133074 says: May 28, 2012 7:50 PM

    “In the end it could end up being another coup for the Pats”.

    think about this sentence for a minute.

  29. craigmaitland says: May 28, 2012 8:01 PM

    He of course will get a free pass now because he is a Patriot. For whatever reason they are held to a different standard. Spy gate, steroids, albert, chad etc…

  30. denverwally says: May 28, 2012 11:37 PM

    Hey KattyKathy and craigmaidland…

    Any anger issues there? Gosh, let it go. Or try to mix in a real fact or two. Ya know, just for the entertainment value.

    Ok now, drink your warm milk and time for beddy bye.

  31. mwindle1973 says: May 29, 2012 6:24 AM

    How did the Bengals get brought into this. Just check the actual numbers on arrests by team over the last 10 years. The Bengals aren’t #1 people! It’s just easy fodder for the media. People are pretty much just ignorant though of the facts, and isn’t that to be expected? The fact is a lot of NFL players get arrested, as do a certain number of the general population. Do you think that someone you work with who gets in a bar fight and gets arrested is a bad worker because of it? That guy could be the hardest worker in the whole place. There is no relation between the 2 things. Just like there is no relation between being a good football player and getting arrested. Do you think if maybe the Pats had signed a a couple vet CBs last year instead of Haynesworth that they might have won the SUper Bowl? Yeah I think Carlos Rogers and Nate CLements probably would’ve been better for the team with one of the worst pass Ds in the league than Haynesworth. But they didn’t really receive the criticism now did they? It’s not about reputation like someone said. It’s about facts and how the media distorts them to their liking.

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