Of all the college football players whose 2012 NFL Draft stock took a hit during the past week’s events at the Senior Bowl none saw the free-fall of Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard according to several reports, including one by Wes Stueve. The 5’10″ 205 pounder was the Tatum-Woodson Award winner as the defensive back of the year in the Big 10 in 2011.
The Ball Says: Dennard’s trip to Mobile was an absolute nightmare, as he looked slow and was abused with regularity by receivers in coverage before withdrawing from the game due to a foot injury. That injury may well have been the root of the problem, but after after his terrible showing in Alabama there are some reports that a switch to safety may be Dennard’s best shot at NFL success, and a prospect once viewed as one of the top cornerbacks available will now need a strong Combine and Pro Day to keep from falling a full round or more in April’s NFL draft.
Dennard’s IDP fortunes weren’t that great to begin with in redraft leagues, although he may have had some “rookie corner” rule appeal in 2012(good enough to see significant playing time but not too good that opposing quarterbacks would be at all afraid to throw at him), but a switch to safety would render him much more a “project” and the player we saw last week isn’t seeing significant playing time any time soon, so Dennard’s short-term value, at least as things stand today, is minimal at best.
So far as Dynasty IDP leagues it depends on who you believe Dennard is. Is he a late-round flier (especially in CB-required formats) with potential who was simply dinged up but has loads of potential, even as a safety, or do you think he’s just another great college player who was only a great college player? My money says the answer leans more toward the former than the latter, but Dennard will almost certainly open the 2012 fantasy season on most waiver wires.