BY NICK ST. DENIS
Alfonzo Dennard has a lot to prove, and the Patriots need major help in their secondary. That combination could help Dennard see the field sooner than later, given he's not in jail by that time.
The Patriots and Dennard, a defensive back out of Nebraska who was drafted in the seventh round, agreed to terms on a contract Thursday, according to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe.
Dennard was on pace to being a early-round selection before putting up sub par performances at the NFL Combine and Senior Bowl, only to get arrested a week before the draft on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.
He faces up to five years in prison if convicted, according to the Boston Herald.
The 22-year-old former Cornhusker projects to be a safety in the NFL, as his stock as a cornerback plummeted after he reportedly got beat on a regular basis during Senior Bowl practices. Scouting reports have him as a player who struggles to recover from losing a step on a receiver due to lack of speed.
Dennard was ejected from his final collegiate game after getting in a fight with South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery.
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