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1st Round #1: Dre Kirkpatrick


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Good pick!! The so called experts are already saying he's to slow and to small. I like the pick!!! now we go for an O lineman or a WR!!

Erm He's the Biggest of the Three Corners taken and ya they did mention his combine speed of 4.5 hopefully he plays faster to keep up with elite...Hopefully Hall is healthy cause if he is we great group of corners.

PS,We have 6 1st round CB's on our team

Hall,Allen,Clements,Pacman,Newman and now Kirkpatrick

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Solid. If Hall gets healthy, then one of our biggest weaknesses has quickly become a strength.

It helps that he has competition and can fit-in somewhere, versus just being expected to be the next shut-down corner. You wonder if he'll go to S right away too.

No-brainer pick, but man picking a 1st round CB every other year is getting old, it's the price of letting JJ go when you could've kept him.

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We always thought one of either JJoe or Hall was going to go.

What was surprising was the thought JJoe was going to stay, per Zimmer, and then he was gone.

They could have used the tag on Hall later if need be.

Hindsight is 20/20 with the injury huh ??

Many including myself would have been thrilled with Kirkpatrick a month or so ago and my liking didn't wane until reecently.

I'm sure I will get over it as it's a great need filled with a big CB.

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Do have say expofacto would have prefered jjoe over hall nothing do with injury but now that we have Dre seems closer to Hall style corner ...where imo jjoe was better cover corner then hall..with that being said we are armed to teeth in physical corners (hall,clements,newmankirk) which is good for our very physical division

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DRE KIRKPATRICK - CB - ALABAMA (No. 52 Overall)

STRENGTHS: Good size for a corner at 6’1’’, 186 pounds and he uses his size to be a physical hitter and play a factor in the backfield against the run. Read the play very well in the backfield and has the athleticism and agility to make a play on the ball while it is in the air. Very aggressive attacking the line of scrimmage and is a good tackler.

WEAKNESSES: Has a slight tendency to be a bit too aggressive, which leads me to believe that he will bite on fakes executed by experienced NFL quarterbacks. His aggressiveness may make him a target in the NFL. Will often times go for the big hit with his shoulders instead of wrapping up, which won’t work against bigger and stronger offensive players. Doesn’t have the best hip flexibility to turn and run with speedy NFL receivers.

OVERALL: He’s going to be a solid addition to a defense, but I don’t see him being a star in the NFL. He’ll play a factor at the line of scrimmage, but really needs to work on the fundamentals of his game.

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I think this was the pick that had to be made. I agree I dont think Kirkpatrick will be a star in the nfl, but I do think he will be a good nfl corner. And if Hall comes back healthy will give us a great 1-2. Honestly to me, he will be a Carlos Rogers type, and I wanted the Bengals to go hard after Rogers last season.

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Personally, If they had to pick a CB, I LOVE this pick.....I have seen this kid play a lot, and have always been impressed. Whether he stays at CB or shifts to S is for Zimmer to decide, but either way, we're getting one hell of a DB and someone who brings attitude in the Defensive backfield. I KNOW Zimmer is happy, and will find many ways to use this.kid, including CB blitzes.......GREAT PICK!!!!!

Repeat: GREAT PICK!!!!!

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Like I said above, he's awfully damn physical. I love that. Will be great supporting in run defense. And at that size and speed, I hope the lack of INTs in college is simply happenstance.

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Look at how long took jjoe to get a int but he was still damn good in coverage.

Yeah, JJoe had some really bad hands the first couple of years...he dropped a ton of INT's but had a ton of passes defensed.

Mark Barron's INT's also dropped to 2 last year. I think that might have more to do with the opponents respect for that half of the 'Bama Secondary...

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Our hand was kind of forced here guys....I think they wanted DeCastro here but realize the need was CB and Kirkpatrick was the only one left on the Bigboard. So they get they're CB and then @ 21, New England offers us a 3rd to move up 6 spots (still ahead of Baltimore mind you) who the Bengals KNEW wanted Zietler. Marvin and the boys decided the Zietler and a 3rd was better than DeCastro alone and I can live with that.

What hurts is Pitt. got DeCastro, but what feels good is we kinda stuck it to Balt. Either way i think we came out OK in the 1st round.

GRADE: SOLID B

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