Jan 11, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) intercepts a pass intended for Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill (not pictured) during the first quarter of the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Alfonzo Dennard helping cousin, Darqueze Dennard, prepare for draft


New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard had an interesting pre-draft process where he found himself in trouble with the law after punching a cop in the face, which was a poor decision that cost him some money and negatively affected his draft stock.

The Dennard incident was something that young draft prospects can learn from as they try to impress NFL teams during the pre-draft process, and one man in this year’s class, Dennard’s cousin, Michigan State corner Darqueze Dennard, is getting help and advice from Alfonzo in an attempt to do things the right way.

I haven’t been in any trouble or anything like that, so he just told me to keep my nose clean.

“He just told me to continue doing what I’ve been doing,” Darqueze Dennard said, via the Boston Herald. “I haven’t been in any trouble or anything like that, so he just told me to keep my nose clean.

“Before the season, I was asking how you watch film, what you look for, what you think of this receiver or how you’d handle him. I ask, ‘What do you see? What can I do to help my game?’ Just telling me to be a student of the game. Get into the film and dedicate yourself to the grind with all of the little things.”

Dennard was a standout at Michigan State in 2013 and is considered one of the top available cornerbacks in this year’s draft class, so as long as he can avoid any issues off the field before draft day in May then he should hear his name called on Day 1.

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