The Washington Times - January 24, 2012, 12:13PM

MOBILE, Ala. | Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard arrived at the Senior Bowl this week with some advice from his good friend, Redskins safety DeJon Gomes.

“He just told me don’t let the coaches scare me, and don’t let it put a lot of pressure on me,” Dennard said Monday night.


Dennard is on the North team’s roster, which is coached by the Minnesota Vikings’ staff, so Gomes wasn’t necessarily referring to coach Mike Shanahan. Still, Dennard valued Gomes’ take.

“Just go out there and play ball and everything will be fine,” he said.

Dennard played at Nebraska with Gomes and Redskins running back Roy Helu and receiver Niles Paul. He’s closest to Gomes. In fact, Gomes is the first player to congratulate Dennard in the end zone after the first interception in this 2010 highlight reel.

The Redskins need a cornerback, and Dennard is widely considered among the best in this year’s draft class.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper projects Dennard to be selected 17th overall in his first (password-protected) mock draft. He ranks Dennard as the third-best corner. National Football Post’s Wes Bunting, a friend of Redskins Watch, has him as the fourth-best. Scouts Inc. has Dennard 25th on their (password-protected) big board.

Dennard also spoke to former Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara about the rigors of the pre-draft process. In fact, they spoke Sunday night just hours after Amukamara advanced to the Super Bowl with the New York Giants.

So far, Dennard believes he’s handling everything well.

“I’m not comfortable around somebody, I kind of get nervous,” he said. “But the coaches and scouts have been pretty cool, so it’s not much pressure at all.”