Alfonzo Dennard arrested for assaulting police officer

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 21, 2012



Alfonzo DennardWith less than a week to go before the beginning of the 2012 NFL Draft, it’s essential for players to be on their best behavior.

Unfortunately for Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, he was unaware of that little tidbit before Saturday, when he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

The problems started for Dennard when he got caught up in a fight outside a bar near Lincoln, Nebraska, at around 2:15 a.m. After police arrived and attempted to break up the fight, Dennard allegedly pushed and punched one of the responding officers in the face.

According to police, it took four cops to subdue and take Dennard into custody.

Dennard, 22, is expected to stay in jail over the weekend until a judge can set his bail during a Monday hearing at Lancaster County Court.

Although Dennard hasn’t had many personal issues throughout his college career that have scared away NFL scouts, he was ejected during the 2012 Capitol Bowl after getting in a fight with South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. Fighting off of the field, however, is a whole different story.

Expected to go somewhere in the second or third round of the upcoming draft, it’s very likely that Dennard’s draft stock could drop as a result of Saturday’s arrest. More than likely, it will drop the former Corn Husker into the fourth round.

There are plenty of ways for potential prospects to sink their draft stock before the end of April rolls around, including bad tape, interviews and injuries. And then there’s decking a cop after getting in a bar fight.

Kudos to Dennard for proving once again that common sense isn’t always common.

Gil Alcaraz IV

Gil is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings blog, The Viking Den, and an editorial writer for Lakers Nation. Having followed the NFL Draft for years, Gil has had a knack for naming some of the big surprise players to make it in the NFL. Gil is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Gil Alcaraz IV.