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2015 NFL DRAFT

Dre Kirkpatrick, CB

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Gadsden, AL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 186 lbs.
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2031
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bengals picks: Round 1/17 - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, 6-2, 186, Alabama...The Bengals needed to grab a young, shutdown corner in the first round and they ended up getting the last one on the board. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Of the top three needs for the Cincinnati Bengals going into the draft, they filled two of them on Thursday in the first round by taking a cornerback and offensive guard. With the 17th overall pick, they selected Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. After trading with New England out of the 21st spot, they dropped to 27th and took Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler. "I think in both players they have opportunities to start and work their way into the lineup. We drafted both of them to play," head coach Marvin Lewis said. Kirkpatrick added some youth to a Bengals cornerback group that coming into the draft had one player 25 or younger. He is the sixth first-round corner, joining Hall, Nate Clements, Adam Jones, Jason Allen and Terence Newman. There is no pressure for Kirkpatrick to start right away since Hall and Clements are expected to be the starters. This is a move though that addresses an uncertain future since four of the corners have contracts that expire at the end of the season. "That's one advantage I do have. Some guys come in and play with young guys. I can come in and learn the system from veterans," Kirkpatrick said. "I'm going to learn how to manage the field, win on press coverage and how to watch film. I'm going to learn a lot from those guys." Bengals secondary coach Mark Carrier said that their scheme mirrors Alabama's in that the Crimson Tide played plenty of press coverage and also leave their cornerback on an island, leaving plenty of one-on-one coverage. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland): CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama -- The Bengals' collection of cornerbacks is only average, and Kirkpatrick's size and long arms could make him a left cornerback starter immediately despite questions about his deep speed and lean frame. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 15. 'Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama*: Kirkpatrick answered concerns about his speed at the Combine (4.51) but the greater test came in the interview rooms with scouts. Some NFL decision-makers were less than impressed with Kirkpatrick's answers, which could cause the lanky cornerback to slip a bit on draft day. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/13/2012 - For all the numbers that can swirl around an NFL prospect before the annual draft, there is one that concerns some in the league about Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. That number is zero. As in none, which is the number of interceptions Kirkpatrick, a second-team All-Southeastern Conference defensive back, had last season. It comes to light because Kirkpatrick is on the Broncos' short list of possible selections with the 25th pick of the first round later this month. At 6-foot-1?? and 186 pounds, Kirkpatrick is the kind of big cornerback who routinely sees his stock rise on draft weekend. There isn't a defensive coordinator in the NFL who ever feels like he has enough quality cover players, especially ones who are over 6 feet tall, to play on the outside. Kirkpatrick is well-schooled in both man and zone coverage techniques, having played in Nick Saban's defense. He's a quality tackler and has played in big games against the nation's most athletic receivers. There is plenty to like on the football front. But there is also that zero. "The ball really didn't float my way that much - that's what happened and that's what I've told everyone who's asked - and (quarterbacks) were pretty accurate when they were going to throw that way," Kirkpatrick said. In recent weeks, he has defused at least some concerns that teams have about an arrest for marijuana possession earlier this year. He obtained a signed affidavit from the former Alabama player he was with when arrested that the marijuana wasn't Kirkpatrick's and that Kirkpatrick was unaware that marijuana had been purchased. - Jeff Legwold, The Denver Post

04/03/2012 - Cowboys coach Jason Garrett attended the the second Alabama Pro Day on Thursday on his way home from the NFL league meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. This is the only college Pro Day Garrett is scheduled to attend. He only visited one last spring: at USC to look at tackle Tyron Smith who became the team's first-round pick, ninth overall. There are several Alabama players who could be targets for the Cowboys with the 14th overall pick in 2012 or in a possible move down in the first round. They are safety Mark Barron, linebacker Courtney Upshaw and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. - The Sports Xchange

03/27/2012 - The Lions hosted two veteran free agents this past week. Linebacker and special teams ace Tim Shaw and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe. Both said they had positive visits. As far as draft prospects, the Lions hosted Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, Oregon running back LaMichael James and TCU defensive end Braylon Broughton. - The Sports Xchange

03/24/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DEFENSIVE BACKS: *Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama, 6-2, 186...Alabama coach Nick Saban rode Kirkpatrick hard to keep him focused in college; now the big question is can he stay focused when he is rich and on his own in the NFL? Scouts are confident Kirkpatrick can be a special pro if he learns self discipline and gets his ample athleticism to match his audacious attitude. Even as he announced his decision to attend Alabama, Kirkpatrick adopted a nickname and reputation, "Swag" -- or as teammates call it "Swagga" -- when he dissed and dismissed Texas as "ain't got no swagger." While that's a good attitude for resiliency at the vulnerable position of cornerback, Kirkpatrick sometimes pushed the limits on and off the field, where his swagger staggered into a charge of marijuana possession only one week after he declared he was entering the draft. The charge was dismissed but lingers in the minds of scouts even as they admire the rare combination of size, speed, agility and strength that helped Kirkpatrick grab 11 career interceptions. He plays with aggression on the field, which sometimes works against him on pump fakes and double moves. On balance, that was a criticism of Ronnie Lott at Southern California. Kirkpatrick was unofficially clocked in 4.51 seconds in 40 at the scouting combine. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/20/2012 - On the same day the Detroit Lions signed one new cornerback for their secondary, they hosted another who could have an even bigger impact. Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick made the first of what will be at least 10 draft visits, meeting with Lions coaches and touring the team's Allen Park facility today. Kirkpatrick is widely considered the second- or third-best cornerback in the draft and is expected to be a first-round pick. At 6-feet-2 and 186 pounds, and given the thin state of their secondary, the Lions might have trouble passing on Kirkpatrick if he slips to the No. 23 pick in the first round. "I'd fit in great" as a Lion, Kirkpatrick said today. "I'd be hugging big (Ndamukong) Suh and Nick (Fairley) every day, because those are the guys that are going to put the pressure and make me look good as I am and make life easy. It'll be easy to roll the dice." Kirkpatrick did not have an interception as a junior in 2011, but he was a fixture on Alabama's prospect-laden defense the last two seasons. He said playing under Nick Saban and in the Crimson Tide's complicated scheme will help him transition to the NFL. "It gets you ready," he said. "Pretty much, it molds you for this. It helps you stay focused on the small things that's at task that you have to accomplish, and I feel like I did a great job of that with coach Saban, He was a great coach, great leader. He taught me a lot." - Dave Birkett, The Detroit Free Press

03/13/2012 - The marijuana possession charges that recently were dropped against Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, still seen as a first-round pick, don't seem to bother many teams in assessing the former Crimson Tide standout. For one thing, Kirkpatrick has the endorsement of Alabama coach Nick Saban, a man whose opinion carries plenty of weight with NFL teams. But this note, too, that might have some bearing: Some people at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where Kirkpatrick was working out before the combine, have been reprimanded for allowing some allegedly unsavory characters into the facility. And it's believed UnderArmour has also taken some steps to discipline an employee who might have had some role in the incident as well. The takeaway: Kirkpatrick's explanation to scouts about the marijuana-related arrest seems to ring true with teams, and the punitive actions taken by others has probably helped him. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

03/07/2012 - The Broncos will be represented Wednesday at Alabama's pro day workouts for draft prospects. And they will be focusing on cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick is one of the top defensive backs on this year's draft board, but he carries baggage with his potential. His upside includes his size (6-foot-1?? and 186 pounds) and the fact that he has been coached by the Crimson Tide's Nick Saban. Kirkpatrick is more advanced than many draft prospects at his position in understanding how to play complicated zone coverages, so he has a good chance of getting on the field quickly in the NFL. Kirkpatrick might even be able to play free safety in some situations because he is a fundamentally sound tackler. He also will be able to contribute against the run. - By Jeff Legwold, The Denver Post

03/07/2012 - Quotes from Alabama's Pro Day, Dre Kirkpatrick, defensive back...On how his speed and length will affect his abilities in the NFL: "I feel like it will speak pretty highly of me being a big guy that is able to move. Just going out there and doing everything that they put in front of me." On what he was hoping to accomplish at Pro Day: "It was pretty much dominating all of the goals that they put in front of me. Everything that's a task because right now pretty much everything is on the line. Just going out there and executing. On his size: "I feel like I did a pretty good job. My size was a big question. People wanted to know if I could move with my size and that was one of the goals. That was something that I needed to go out there and prove to people. I feel that I did a great job of trying to achieve it. Not achieving but just trying to achieve it." - Alabama football

03/07/2012 - Quotes from Alabama's Pro Day, Head Coach Nick Saban...On Dre Kirkpatrick's physical set: "I don't think there is any question about it. To have his size, his speed, his reach, his length. Consistency and technique is what he needs to continue to work on, but it has nothing to do with physical skill. I think people are going to recognize that and say, `this is the kind of guy we are going to work to develop, and he can be a really good player.' Matchups are a big issue in the NFL, sometimes in terms of the big receivers, and he can matchup very well against those kind of guys." On the consistency of Alabama to develop high draft picks: "I am proud of that fact. You know, the three things that we do for our players here is help them develop personally, let them have more success in their life and be involved in the program and make good choices and good decisions. We want them to develop a career off the field by graduating from school, which we have had pretty good success. We also want to help them develop a career as a football player, which means have a great career here, win a championship and see if you can play at the next level. So we are always pleased that we have guys getting drafted and getting opportunities to have a career at the next level. Obviously, if you are a first round draft pick, that is going to enhance your chances of doing it." - Alabama football

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 18. *Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama, CB, 6-2, 192, 1...Kirkpatrick can be a special pro if he learns self discipline and gets his ample athleticism to match his audacious attitude. Even as he announced his decision to attend Alabama, Kirkpatrick adopted a nickname and reputation, "Swag" -- or as teammates call it "Swagga" -- when he dissed and dismissed Texas as "ain't got no swagger." While that's a good attitude for resiliency at the vulnerable position of cornerback, Kirkpatrick sometimes pushed the limits on and off the field, where his swagger staggered into a charge of marijuana possession only one week after declaring he was entering the draft. The charge was dismissed, but lingers in the minds of scouts even as they admire the rare combination of size, speed, agility and strength that helped him grab 11 career interceptions. He plays with aggression on the field, which sometimes works against him on pump fakes and double moves. On balance, that was a criticism of Ronnie Lott at Southern Cal. Coach Nick Saban rode Kirkpatrick hard to keep him focused in college, but he will be rich and on his own in the NFL. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/13/2012 - Kirkpatrick didn't have a single interception in 2011, and had only three in three seasons (all of them in 2010), but he is a physical defender who can redirect wide receivers and knock them off their routes, and is particularly accomplished in off-man situation, a talent in which some young corners are deficient. For all of his toughness, and his nose for supporting quickly versus the run, a few scouts noted that Kirkpatrick is not a "wrap" tackler, although they like his breakdown form. A few also mentioned that Claiborne will whiff on a few tackles, and that he may be less fundamentally sound than Kirkpatrick. Predictably, though, none of the scouts felt Claiborne or Kirkpatrick will slip outside the top 20 in the first round. And most feel Claiborne could be a top-10 selection. But there are three months before the draft still, and the debate about the two corners is likely to be worth tracking. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/13/2012 - Marijuana possession charges against Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, filed the middle of last month, have been dropped. Regarded as a first-round prospect by many, Kirkpatrick maintained his innocence in the matter, and now won't have to deal with the legal ramifications from the situation. What the former Crimson Tide standout will confront, however, are questions about the incident from league scouts at the combine in two weeks. Even after the dismissal of the charges, several general managers/personnel directors told The Sports Xchange this week the original charges are fair game during combine interviews in Indianapolis. Alabama coach Nick Saban, who is close to several NFL coaches and personnel departments, has pretty much vouched for Kirkpatrick and his character. "But that won't save him from the inquisition," one NFC personnel director said. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/13/2012 - A misdemeanor drug charge against former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has been dropped, court records show. A court filing dated Feb. 2 said no criminal charges would be filed against Kirkpatrick, who skipped his senior season to enter the NFL draft and is projected as a first-round pick. Kirkpatrick was arrested on Jan. 17 after Palmetto, Fla., police stopped a car driven by another former Alabama player, Chris Rogers, for driving on the wrong side of the road. A police report says an officer found marijuana on the floorboard of the passenger side at Kirkpatrick's feet, but that he denied he had known that drugs were being bought. Kirkpatrick announced the dropped charges in a Tweet: "For those who doubted: NO CHARGES FILED against me for marijuana bust in Florida." - AP Sports

02/07/2012 - Former Alabama cornerback and 2012 NFL Draft prospect Dre Kirkpatrick did himself no favors with potential employers by getting charged with possession of marijuana less than a week after declaring for the draft. But according to the Sports Business Journal's Liz Mullen, the charges against Kirkpatrick have been dropped. The details of the arrest indicate that Kirkpatrick claimed to be unaware of the drugs' presence when he was a passenger in a truck driven by former Alabama player Chris Rogers. The vehicle was pulled over in Bradenton, Fla. after being spotted driving on the wrong side of the road. - Chip Patterson, CBS Sports

01/21/2012 - 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. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

01/17/2012 - Former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has been arrested on a marijuana possession charge. An arrest report on the Manatee County Sheriff's Office web site says Kirkpatrick was arrested at 12:48 a.m. Tuesday and charged with possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana. He was released on $120 bond. Kirkpatrick is regarded as a potential top 10 NFL draft pick. The second-team All-American announced last week he was skipping his senior season with the national champions to enter the draft. No further information was immediately available on his arrest. Messages left with the department weren't immediately returned. It isn't clear what Kirkpatrick was doing in Bradenton, but the town is home to IMG Performance Institute, which helps athletes train for the NFL combine. A message left with IMG wasn't immediately returned. - AP Sports

01/12/2012 - Alabama junior cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and junior running back Trent Richardson announced Thursday that they will be entering the 2012 National Football League Draft. In addition, junior linebacker Dont'a Hightower has decided he will also declare for the draft. Kirkpatrick leaves after garnering first-team All-America honors in 2011 and was a two-year starter for Alabama at cornerback. He made 30 tackles this season, helping the Tide capture the National Championship. Kirkpatrick also made four tackles for loss, broke up nine passes and forced two fumbles. "After the game my mom came to talk to me, and said she thought it was time and I felt the same way in my heart, which is what led to my decision," said Kirkpatrick. "It was a family decision that we went back and forth with, but I think we made the right decision and I am going to stand by that decision. These past years have meant a lot, just to be able to be around a group of guys that I have learned so much from. We all come from different backgrounds with different stories, and we manage to have fun. Having the guidance of a great coach like Coach Saban who has molded me into a young man has been a great opportunity." - Alabama football

01/09/2012 - Scouting the Alabama pass defense: With three solid cover corners and two hard-hitting safeties, Alabama has been nothing short of impregnable in this area. Short passes are the only thing that might work and even then, it probably won't work for long as the Tide is such a good-tackling team that yards after the catch just doesn't happen. - The Sports Xchange

12/07/2011 - 2011 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama, has been selected All-SEC Conference Second Team for the 2011 college football season as voted upon by the SEC head coaches. Kirkpatrick, who hails from Gadsden, Ala., has been a leader in the Tide secondary that leads the nation in pass defense (116.33 ypg) and pass efficiency defense (83.97 rating). He has started in all 12 games this season, and 24 in his career, collecting 24 total tackles, including a pair for loss, nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles. - Alabama football

12/07/2011 - 2011 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama, 6-3, 192, Jr., has been selected All-SEC Conference Second Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by The Associated Press. Kirkpatrick, who hails from Gadsden, Ala., has been a leader in the Tide secondary that leads the nation in pass defense (116.33 ypg) and pass efficiency defense (83.97 rating). He has started in all 12 games this season, and 24 in his career, collecting 24 total tackles, including a pair for loss, nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles. - Alabama football

09/26/2011 - WEEK 4 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: CB DRE' KIRKPATRICK (Alabama) -- Had six total tackles (all solos) with one for a loss (-3 yards) and three pass deflections against Arkansas. - SEC football

09/02/2011 - CB Dre Kirkpatrick (leg) sat out Alabama's last preseason scrimmage on Aug. 20. There's been no update on his status for the season opener, although most expect that he will play. Kirkpatrick is one of the SEC's top cover men. - The Sports Xchange

08/12/2011 - "Swagga" derived from the dust coming off cleats as Dre Kirkpatrick rounded the bags on Gadsden's youth baseball fields. There was something about his swing, his stride, his fielding. "Swagga" is a nickname that has defined Kirkpatrick and his career at Alabama. His style of play, his confidence and his reputation all have an edge that suggest he cannot be rattled. Kirkpatrick, who has worked hard to become an intimidating presence on the field, also has the swagger of Deion Sanders, his role model. "He didn't back down from nobody," Kirkpatrick said of the NFL Hall of Famer. "He always was up for a challenge at any part of the day, anytime, anywhere. That's just how I try to base my mindset." The metamorphosis from Swagga to NFL prospect can be traced to one word: potential. "He's a much more consistent guy right now as a football player," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "It's largely due to his maturity and his personality. He is much more goal-oriented now. He realizes from the experience he gained last year playing that paying attention to detail, doing the little things right, can serve him well as a player. He's more sort of into it in every way. Off the field as well as on the field." Kirkpatrick's unable-to-forecast persona was one reason he rarely spoke with reporters in the past. Kirkpatrick said Saban was tough on him behind the scenes. It was something Kirkpatrick said he needed. "Right now he has me mentally ready for every challenge of every game," Kirkpatrick said. "...I just got mentally stronger, more positive with my attitude being able to be coached. Just going out to practice giving everything I've got even when I'm not feeling good, even when I have a nick or a bruise. Just going out there and giving everything I've got." - Izzy Gould, Tuscaloosa Bureau

08/11/2011 - Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick has taken his lumps from coach Nick Saban the past two years. The Crimson Tide cornerback says he needed those practice beratings to get mentally tough enough for the challenges of playing in the Southeastern Conference. Kirkpatrick was one of the Tide's biggest recruits two years ago, a flamboyant prospect who dismissed runner-up school Texas at his signing day press conference by saying "this hat here ain't got no swagger." A more mature Kirkpatrick now says he defines swagger as being relentless and "just trying to be the best player I can be." Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart says he saw a new focus in the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder during bowl practice and after the team's return.. Tide coaches named him the team's most improved player last spring. - AP Sports

07/19/2011 - 2011 SEC PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (COACHES): DB Dre' Kirkpatrick, Alabama, Jr., has been selected All-SEC Football Preseason Third Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the SEC head football coaches. - SEC football

07/12/2011 - 2011 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama, CB, has been named one of 37 players selected to the Preseason Thorpe Award watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back, is one of the most coveted awards in college football and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2011. - The Jim Thorpe Association

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama, CB, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. - Football Writers Association of America

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama, CB, Jr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. - The Maxwell Football Club

 
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bengals picks: Round 1/17 - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, 6-2, 186, Alabama...The Bengals needed to grab a young, shutdown corner in the first round and they ended up getting the last one on the board. - The Sports Xchange

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