Nov 2, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard (31) looks at Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Jehu Chesson (86) during the third quarter at Spartan Stadium. Spartans beat the Wolverines 29-6. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft rumors 2014: Scouts worried about Darqueze Dennard's 'long speed, ability to cover off-man'

Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard is one of the top cornerbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft class, but there is a growing concern among the scouting community that he does not have the speed or ability to cover off-man to be a top corner at the next level.

Dennard had the opportunity to prove his doubters wrong at the Senior Bowl this week in Mobile, Alabama, but he decided not to play this week and now the questions will remain.

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network was discussing the decision by Dennard during today’s coverage of the Senior Bowl practice, when he shed some light on the concerns that are currently out there about Dennard’s game.

“I look at this kid, and I had this conversation with a general manager and a head coach this morning, and their point was, ‘Listen, we know he can press, we know he’s tough, but we need to see him off. And if he doesn’t show up, we assume he can’t do it. Not that he can do it,” Mayock said, via

Dennard will have the ability to answer questions about his speed at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis next month, but if his 40-yard dash time leaves a lot to be desired he could be wishing that he showed up in Mobile to show what he can do.

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