2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

by Cory J. Bonini on February 7, 2012 @ 01:09:16 PDT

 


Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick brings a fantastic size-speed combination to the 2012 NFL Draft. He leaves the Crimson Tide after his junior year and should be sought after by NFL teams early in the draft. 

Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Size and speed to get it done

Strengths

  • Plenty of size to contend with large receivers (6-foot-2, 192 pounds) and win jump balls - large wingspan helps him break up passes
  • Two-year starter - was tested considerably as a sophomore and quickly grew into the role
  • Plays with a lot of confidence and earned the nickname "Swag" from his teammates
  • Excellent man-to-man coverage skills
  • Enough recovery speed to usually make up for being too aggressive
  • Fluid hips to smoothly transition out of his backpedal
  • Experience as a blitzer
  • Willing tackler - excels against outside running plays
  • Strong work ethic - respected teammate
  • Special teams experience as an outside blocker
  • Reasonable amount of upside

Weaknesses

  • Gambles too much - gives up big plays as he tries to make them
  • Cited for marijuana possession in 2011 but charges were later dropped
  • Tries too hard to jam at the line and can easily be knocked off balance
  • Has occasionally failed to locate the ball when tracking a receiver or coming into the fracas to make a stop
  • Still raw in zone coverage

Expected draft placement

Kirkpatrick should be a top-20 draft pick, and it is highly unlikely that he will fall out of the first round. Teams that could select him include the Dallas Cowboys (No. 14), Cincinnati Bengals (No. 17, No. 21), Detroit Lions (No. 23) and Denver Broncos (No. 25). 

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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