2012 NFL Draft Capsule: CB Dre Kirkpatrick

2012 NFL Draft Capsule: CB Dre Kirkpatrick
April 19, 2012, 3:24 am
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Dre Kirkpatrick (CB), Alabama
6-3 192 lbs.

2011 Stats:
30 tackles, 4 TFL, 9 PD, 2 FF
Projection:
Mid-to-late first round

Strengths:
Possesses elite size and overall length for the position. Showcases a long, angular frame with some natural muscle tone through his arms and lower half. Demonstrates an impressive combination of patience, instincts and physicality off the line in press coverage. Displays the ability to sit low into his stance, and slide his feet laterally, mirroring off the line and funneling his man toward the sideline. Is at his best however in zone coverage. Demonstrates "plus" instincts and feel in coverage, keys off the quarterback well and quickly is able to decipher routes developing around him. Exhibits impressive change of direction skills for a bigger guy in space. (National Football Post)

Weaknesses:
Doesn't possess great lateral quickness and can be out quicked off the line at times. Lacks a great first step and will allow receivers to get behind him vertically. In off man will struggle to quickly change directions and get out of his breaks. Needs to have his hands on receivers and be physical off the line in order to consistently limit separation. (National Football Post)

Fit for Bears:
Kirkpatrick is arguably the best tackling cornerback in the draft, but he lacks elite speed and that will likely drop him to the bottom half of the first round. The Bears have Charles Tillman in place and just re-signed Tim Jennings, but the addition of Kirkpatrick would give them a young defensive back that contribute right away and be a starter for many years to come. At this years NFL Scouting Combine Kirkpatrick told CSNChicago.com that he would welcome the opportunity to learn from an established corner like Tillman if he was lucky enough be selected by the Bears. Kirkpatrick also made it known that he always has the ultimate goal of winning a title in mind, which served him well during a pair of National Championships at Alabama. Kirkpatrick is a winner. He is hungry to prove he has what it takes to perform at a high level in the NFL and be an impact player on a Super Bowl team.