NFL teams can never find enough cornerbacks, which makes it easy to understand why Darqueze Dennard is generating so much interest around the league right now.
Dennard is one of the top cornerbacks in this year’s draft class and has the list of meetings to back up the expectation that he’ll go in the first round. One of the teams that was interested in taking a look was the Lions, who made the short trip to watch Dennard in a private workout last month. Dennard said the workout “went real well” and that he got good feedback from the team, although he knows that words don’t mean much this time of year.
“People say yeah this guy’s going to pick you and that guy, or you hear a lot of players saying I think this team’s going to pick me or this team,” Dennard said, via the Detroit Free Press. “For me, honestly, it’s a toss up. I really don’t know. Everybody says they like me but we’ll find out who really likes me on draft day.”
The Lions could use help at corner and are also expected to meet with Kyle Fuller of Virginia Tech on Monday. Dennard, Fuller and Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State are usually mentioned as the top tier of corners for May’s draft. The Lions may wind up with their choice of all three if they remain with the 10th overall pick, although it’s far from certain they’ll do that or pick a corner if they do.
Dennard has met with the Rams and Steelers and is slated to meet with the Jets and Bengals this week.