Originally posted on Inside The Panthers  |  Last updated 1/18/12
Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who has shown up next to the Panthers' name on a couple of early mock drafts, was arrested in Florida early Tuesday on a marijuana possession charge. Kirkpatrick, who left Alabama after his junior season, is considered by most analysts a top-10 pick. The Panthers will pick 8th or 9th, based on a coin flip with Miami next month. How will this week's arrest affect Kirkpatrick's draft status or the Panthers' possible interest in him? Not much, unless NFL teams determine it's just one of several red flags for Kirkpatrick. The Panthers showed last year they are more willing to take chances on players with checkered pasts than they were previously. Besides Cam Newton – said to have character issues because of his actions at Florida and those of his father related to Newton's recruitment leaving junior college – the Panthers drafted Brandon Hogan in the fourth round, despite a series of off-the-field problems for the West Virginia corner. General manager...
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