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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Dennard latest draft pick in fold

By Mike Reiss

The Patriots and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, the seventh-round draft choice out of Nebraska, have agreed to terms on a four-year contract, a league source confirms.

Dennard, the 224th overall selection in the draft, was viewed as an early-round pick until he was arrested April 21 on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

After the draft, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on Sirius XM NFL Radio, "We just don't feel that's who he is, or even how the account of the incident came out in some places, that's what happened. But we'll see. Bottom line is we were comfortable with him, and that if he did make a mistake like so many of us have, that he'll be able to represent our organization and our team the way we want it represented and we were comfortable taking him."

On May 15, Dennard waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He will be arraigned May 30 in Lancaster County District Court.

Shalise Manza-Young of the Boston Globe first reported Dennard's contract agreement. The Patriots now have agreements with three of their seven draft picks -- defensive back Tavon Wilson (second round), receiver Jeremy Ebert (seventh round) and Dennard.