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Monday, April 28, 2014
Daily draft dish: Dennard the top corner

By Rich Cimini

With draft day (May 8 ) rapidly approaching, we'll whet your appetite with a daily factoid, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information. We'll keep it New York Jets-centric, sticking to team needs, possible selections, trends, etc.

Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard is generally regarded as the top man-to-man cornerback in the draft, and that makes him an ideal fit for the Jets. He has some Darrelle Revis-like qualities in that he's tough, aggressive and instinctive, although he lacks top catch-up speed. He was a pillar of consistency for the Spartans.

Even though he wasn't tested often, Dennard finished last season with four interceptions, 10 pass breakups and two forced fumbles. When targeting Dennard on passes of 15 yards or longer, Michigan State’s opponents were 3-of-31 with no touchdowns and three interceptions, according to Stats LLC. That's what you call a lockdown corner.

Unfortunately for the Jets, the chances of him being available with the 18th pick aren't promising.