Marvin Lewis on Darqueze Dennard: ‘Best Rookie CB I’ve Seen’


We’ll see what Darrelle Revis has to say about this.  Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has been around some really good rookie cornerbacks.

Lewis drafted Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph for the Bengals.  He was the Ravens defensive coordinator in when Baltimore drafted Duane Starks and Chris McCallister.

None seem to compare to this years No. 24 overall pick Darqueze Dennard, whom Lewis says is “the best rookie corner I’ve seen.”


The Thorpe Award winner from Michigan State seems to have transitioned well to the NFL.

“I was told that one of his inadequacies was possibly playing the ball down the field,” Lewis said, via “And sometimes I think college corners get knocked for that, particularly if they were a physical player in college. But one of the things that’s impressed me so much is his ability to track and play the football on vertical throws.

“If you want to be a great corner at this level, you have to have those capabilities, and he’s shown those thus far.”