Originally written on WhoDeyFans  |  Last updated 4/29/12

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…

NFL.com Draft Profile:

Athletes like Kirkpatrick are able to defy the perception that taller skill players don’t have the footwork and agility that shorter players do. Kirkpatrick will thrive initially within a zone scheme, where he can use his burst and length to cover ground and remain active. He is so talented athletically that he could likely be tested early on an island in man coverage and excel, and he possesses the confidence and field presence necessary to take on such a task.

MIke Mayock’s take:

“They desperately need this young player. Keep in mind that Cincinnati has signed several defensive backs this offseason. They understand that this is an area of concern. They just got themselves the last true first-round cornerback of this draft. Mike Zimmer will get an awful lot out of this kid.”

From CBS:

his strength is in how he plays the man more than how he plays the ball. He denies receivers. He denies them a clean release. He denies them to get separation. And he denies them an opportunity to get the ball. He is physical to the extreme, both in coverage and coming up on run support, where he is perhaps too much of a hitter and not enough of a wrap-up tackler.

2011 Season notes: 

  • First-team All-American by the FWAA, CBSsports.com and Pro Football Weekly
  • Second-team Associated Press All-American
  • Second-team All-SEC by both the AP and the league coaches

Kent State: Did not have a pass completed in his direction and broke up three passes as the Golden Flashes could only manage 98 passing yards on while completing only 42.5 percent of their passes.

Penn State: Forced two Nittany Lions’ fumbles while making two solo tackles and breaking up one pass in the 27-11 road win over No. 23 Penn State … Defensive Player of the Week by the UA coaching staff.

North Texas: Made one solo tackle and broke up a pass as the Mean Green completed only 41.9 percent of their passes.

Arkansas: Matched his season and career best with three pass breakups … had a season-high six tackles — all solo … had two devastating hits that upended Arkansas receivers … recorded his first tackle for loss of the season (-3 yards) … helped limit the Hogs to over 150 yards below their season average throwing the football and 291 yards below their total offense average.
Florida: Had three solo tackles as Alabama beat the Gators 38-10.

Vanderbilt: Made two solo stops and helped limt the Commodores to just 149 passing yards.

Mississippi: Made four total tackles with three solo stops … had his first assisted tackle of the year … helped limit the Rebels to just 113 yards passing … named the Special Teams Player of the Week by the UA coaching staff.

Tennessee: Had just one tackle with the Volunteers not testing his side of the field … helped limit UT to just 63 passing yards and 15 yards of total offense in a 37-6 win.

LSU: Recorded four tackles as the Crimson Tide limited the top-ranked Tigers to just 91 yards passing.

Mississippi State: Made one solo tackle as the Tide limited the Bulldogs to just 131 total yards while posting a 18.8 third-down conversion percentage.

Georgia Southern: Made two solo tackles as the Tide held the Eagles to just 39 yards passing … returned a blocked field goal 55 yards for a score.

Auburn: Broke up and deflected the only ball thrown in his direction … helped the Crimson Tide limit the Tigers to just 44 yards through three quarters and 140 total yards.

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