When does Alfonzo Dennard get drafted?

April, 21, 2012
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Alfonzo Dennard created a potential dilemma for NFL teams, including some from the AFC West.

The Nebraska cornerback was arrested Saturday morning in Lincoln for allegedly assaulting a police officer. He is reportedly still in jail. Dennard, who already had some character concerns, could have gone in the top 40-50 picks. However, his arrest will likely cause him to tumble in the draft.

Teams are going to have to weigh the possibility of taking a talented player at a premium position against the reality of his arrest and the public perception surrounding it.

Denver, Oakland and San Diego are teams that could take a cornerback in the early rounds. If a talent such as Dennard was available late in the third or fourth round, it would be tempting for any team to take him.

There is no doubt, the middle rounds have just become more interesting.

In other AFC West news:
  • The Eagles are reportedly willing to take what they can get for cornerback Asante Samuel. Denver reportedly tried to get Samuel, but couldn’t come to terms with him. Coming to an accord with Samuel is the key for the deal going through with any team.
  • Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain has settled a lawsuit stemming from a 2008 incident. He is facing a May trial on an assault involving a gun allegation stemming from an incident last fall.
  • Denver defensive tackle Ben Garland’s Air Force commitment has been fulfilled and he has re-joined the team. The high-motor player has a chance to make the roster, but his presence on the roster doesn’t decrease Denver’s need at the position.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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