New England Patriots seventh-round draft pick Alfonzo Dennard will be arraigned May 30 in Lancaster County District Court on a charge of third-degree felony assault of a police officer.
The former Nebraska cornerback waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. He remains free on a $5,000 bond.
Dennard is accused of striking an officer during a disturbance outside a Lincoln bar on April 21, five days before the NFL draft started. He was the 2011 Big Ten defensive back of the year and had been projected to be a second- or third-round pick before his arrest.
If convicted, he could face five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
On Sirius XM NFL Radio, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the Patriots feel "at the core, that's not who Alfonzo is."
"We'll see how the whole incident comes out in time; that's in legal hands and ultimately a judge will make that decision. We just don't feel that's who he is, or even how the account of the incident came out in some places, that's what happened. But we'll see. Bottom line is we were comfortable with him, and that if he did make a mistake like so many of us have, that he'll be able to represent our organization and our team the way we want it represented and we were comfortable taking him."