At least two franchises with picks in the middle portion of the first round contacted Alabama head coach Nick Saban this week to get background checks on cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, arrested in Florida and charged with marijuana possession.
There had been debate on the topic of whether Kirkpatrick or LSU standout Morris Claiborne would be the No. 1 spot at the position. Kirkpatrick has been regarded as a certain first-round pick.
It figures to be pretty interesting now to see if Kirkpatrick's stock suffers because of the arrest.
One of the ancillary things Kirkpatrick had going for him was that he played for Saban, and had the Alabama coach's seal of approval. Saban figures to get more inquiries about Kirkpatrick and his character before the draft.