Nov 2, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard (31) raises his had before a play during the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium. Spartans beat the Wolverines 29-6. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Darqueze Dennard to visit Steelers, Bengals, Jets & Rams


Michigan State Spartans’ cornerback Darqueze Dennard was recognized as the best defensive back in college football when he won the Jim Thorpe Award in December.

Dennard, who was the best player on what may have been the country’s best defense, helped the Spartans finish 13-1, including a Big 10 Championship and a victory over the Stanford Cardinal in the Rose Bowl.

Now Dennard has turned his attention to the NFL.

He wowed scouts with his impressive 40-yard dash and now is trying to wow specific teams as he meets with them leading up to next month’s draft.

According to Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald, Dennard has met with the Pittsburgh Steelers and will meet with the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and St. Louis Rams.

Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, the cousin of Patriots corner Alfonzo Dennard, told the Herald he has pre-draft visits scheduled with the Jets, Bengals and Rams. Darqueze Dennard also visited the Steelers last week.

Dennard made four interceptions for the Spartans last season.

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