Alfonzo Dennard arrested five days before the draft

Maggie Hendricks
Shutdown Corner

Just days before entering the NFL draft, Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested for suspicion of assaulting a police officer in Lincoln early Saturday morning. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Dennard was in a fight at a bar when police tried to stop it. Four officers were needed to take Dennard into custody, and he is expected to spend the weekend in jail.

Dennard was ejected from the 2012 Capital One Bowl for fighting with South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffrey. Here at Shutdown Corner, he was noted for having a feisty temperament and physical style, but those attributes didn't turn into any off-the-field problems until now.

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He is expected to go in the second or third round during this week's draft, but there is no telling what effect this incident can have on his draft position.

''It doesn't help the kid any,'' said Gil Brandt, a former player personnel director for the Dallas Cowboys and an NFL analyst.

No matter what, it's never a good idea to get arrested for hitting a cop so close to such an important time in Dennard's football career.

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