Saturday, April 21, 2012

Red Flag Alert

Depth at the cornerback position in this year's upcoming draft has become a bit thinner.  Former Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer early Saturday in Lincoln, according to a report in the Omaha World-Herald.  According to the report, Dennard, allegedly pushed and punched an officer while police tried to intervene in an altercation between Dennard and another man outside of a Lincoln bar. Police said four officers were needed to take Dennard into custody. The officer sustained a minor injury to the left side of his face, according to the police report.

Coached by Leslie Frazier and his staff at the Senior Bowl, Dennard pulled out of practices and went home but two days into the week once it became known that he was struggling mightily in coverage drills. His agent later stated that Dennard suffered an injury of an unspecified nature and that was the reason he aborted the Senior Bowl (yeah, sure). This came following the Capital One Bowl where Dennard was ejected from his final college game after getting into a fight with South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.  So, his draft stock arrow was not exactly pointing up even before this latest incident.

Having dusted off and consulted Zygi Wilf's 77-page Code of Conduct, it appears that this sort of conduct might not be deemed acceptable behavior at Winter Park.  And albeit it falls into a bit of a grey area, the Vikings might choose to play it safe and remove Dennard entirely from their draft board.   

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