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The Cincinnati Bengals signed their first round selection (17th overall) in cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick of the University of Alabama Friday.
With Kirkpatrick and newly acquired cornerback Terence Newman in the fold, the Bengals secondary will be more solid, as veteran cornerback Leon Hall to lead the way.
“It’s great for the club and great for Dre to have him signed this early,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, via press release. “Contracts can be a distraction for young guys drafted high, but now he can put all that behind him and focus on making himself better and making us a better team.”
A multiple first-team 2011 All-America selection, Kirkpatrick last year helped lead Alabama to its second BCS national championship in his three years at the school. Throughout his career, he proved himself as a confident defender who can physically outperform receivers and play tough against the run.
“Dre was the tallest (6-2) of the...