In 2009 and 2010, Prince Amukamara and Alfonzo Dennard formed a solid 1-2 cornerback tandem at Nebraska.
Amukamara landed with the New York Giants as a first-round draft choice in 2011. Meanwhile, Dennard was projected to go as high as the second round in the 2012 draft.
But an April 21 arrest altered the picture for Dennard, who slipped to the seventh round, where the Patriots selected him 224th overall.
Amukamara thinks the Patriots got a steal, and told the Associated Press that Dennard will be out to prove doubters wrong.
"Alfonzo is a very cheerful guy, and he likes to make the best out of situations," Amukamara said during a charity appearance in Boys Town, Nebraska. "He has the hungry mentality that he's going to go in and work hard and just put everything in the Patriots' hands."
More from the Associated Press story:
Amukamara and Dennard started 22 games together in 2009-10 and combined for nine interceptions and 39 pass breakups. The 2010 Cornhuskers ranked third nationally in pass efficiency defense.
Dennard's fall to the seventh round after his arrest prompted Amukamara to send him a text a few days ago.
"I just told him I know this isn't where you want to get picked, but you know what you can do and we know what you can do, so just prove (doubters) wrong," Amukamara said.
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