Darqueze Dennard turns in a strong 40-yard dash

AP

Former Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard entered the Scouting Combine viewed as a first-round draft pick, and his 40-yard dash time did nothing to change that assessment.

Dennard was timed at 4.42 seconds on his first 40, a very good time for a player who has already put a great body of work on tape in college.

The winner of the Jim Thorpe Award as the best defensive back in college football, Dennard was a three-year starter at Michigan State and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in both his junior and senior seasons. He looks ready to start in the NFL right now.

And he looks fast enough to match up with NFL wide receivers. Dennard is the complete package and may be the first defensive back to hear his name called on May 8.