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Dre Kirkpatrick pulled a Bengals cap over his dreadlocks and held up a No. 27 jersey on Friday so the photographers could capture his first day at Paul Brown Stadium.
The number six might have been more appropriate. Kirkpatrick is the sixth first-round cornerback on the Bengals roster, an unusual collection of highly regarded talent.
The catch is that most of them are either at the end of their careers or have failed to play up to their pick. The Bengals think Kirkpatrick, the 17th overall pick from Alabama on Thursday night, will be worthy of the round and could start quickly.
The Bengals welcomed Kirkpatrick and offensive guard Kevin Zeitler on Friday before the second round of the draft began. They took Zeitler with the 27th pick overall.
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Alabama Backup QB to TransferA once highly touted recruit who lost the QB competition to AJ McCarron , Phillip Sims is deciding to leave Alabama. In a statement released by the school, Sims was very gracious about changing his path:
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The Bengals have a need at corner, they may have solved it by adding another first rounder to their stable in the defense. Dre Kirkpatrick looks to be an incredible athlete that can cover in man or zone and is not afraid to hit. What more do you want from a cornerback? Check out some highlights and what I found out about this kid on the web…
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Trent Richardson wore number three for Alabama while establishing the single season school rushing record on his way to earning numerous post season honors. Luck with number three continued Thursday evening.
This time a year ago, the big question remained: Who would be the quarterback for Alabama in 2011? As it turned out, that would not be resolved until just prior to Bama's opening game of 2011 when AJ McCarron earned the starting job. By the end of the year McCarron was earning the Most Valuable Offensive Player Award as the Crimson Tide won the BCS National Championship.
Former Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano selects Safety Mark Barron out of Alabama with his inaugural pick. At 6′ 2″ and 215 pounds, Barron has prototypical size and is likely the best safety in this draft.
In his college career, Barron ahas amassed 237 tackles (149 solo), 13 for loss, 5 sacks and 12 interceptions for 145 yards. He has good speed and hits hard. He is...
After losing out on LSU Safety, Brandon Taylor, in round three, the Chiefs found another player from the SEC that could be just as good when they chose Alabama Safety, DeQuan Menzie in round five.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals took cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick from Alabama with the 17th overall pick in the draft, trying to fill one of their two most glaring needs.
The Bengals had one of the best cornerback tandems in the NFL in Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall, but Joseph left for Houston after the 2010 season and Hall tore an Achilles tendon last year.
Cincinnati got the pick...
Frank Alabama CB, Dre Kirkpatrick: Face it, we need a corner. McGee’s old and broken, Florence is washed up. Kirkpatrick is one of the best zone corners to come out in years and is a very smart, physical presence in the secondary. Has great instincts and uses them to read his assignment’s break as well as the quarterback’s eyes. Kirkpatrick's tall, quick, and from a southern...
For two days in Columbia, S.C., the struggling Alabama baseball team scratched and clawed and just missed a couple of wins over the fourth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. On the third day, however, it could safely be said that the Crimson Tide had no fight.
Dre Kirkpatrick was recruited by major football powers from coast-to-coast coming out of Gadsden City High School (AL). Teams sought the skills of the tall cornerback capable of shutting down the big receiver. He eschewed overtures from all suitors signing instead with Alabama. The Cincinnati Bengals made the shut down defender the seventeenth selection in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.