Dre Kirkpatrick

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Dre Kirkpatrick
Dre Kirkpatrick Bengals training camp 2012.jpg
No. 27     Cincinnati Bengals
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-10-26) October 26, 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth: Gadsden, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Gadsden (AL) City
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Debuted in 2012 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 34
Sacks 1.0
Interceptions 3
Stats at NFL.com

D'Andre Lawan "Dre" Kirkpatrick (born October 26, 1989) is an American football cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bengals in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at Alabama. Kirkpatrick was rated as one of the top high school defensive backs in the country.[2] He draws comparisons to Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

High school career[edit]

Kirkpatrick attended Gadsden City High School, where he played for the Gadsden City Titans high school football team. He was a teammate of fellow Crimson Tide players Jerrell Harris and Kendall Kelly. He completed his senior football season in the fall of 2008. Kirkpatrick participated in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl & the 2008 Alabama Mississippi All-Star Football Classic, where he was recorded at 6 ft 2 in and 180 lbs.

Kirkpatrick played his final three high school seasons at Gadsden City (35 games) and finished his career with 193 tackles, 17 interceptions, three returned for a touchdown, 36 pass breakups, two sacks, one punt return touchdown, one kick return touchdown and one receiving touchdown. After completion of his senior season he was awarded as the ASWA 6A back of the year as well as a first team all-state defensive back for the second consecutive year.[3]

Entering February 2009, Dre Kirkpatrick was one of the most highly rated and sought after high school football recruits in the country, having been awarded a five-star rating by national recruiting outlets Rivals.com[4] and Scout.com.[5]

Recruitment[edit]

Being one of the top prep players in the country, many teams sought Kirkpatrick's signature on a National Letter of Intent. As the recruiting process started to wind down, he narrowed down his possibilities to three schools: Alabama, Texas and Florida.[6] On February 7, 2009, Kirkpatrick ended months of recruiting, committing to the Alabama Crimson Tide on National Signing Day,[6] as he announced his decision live on ESPNU.

College career[edit]

At Alabama, Kirkpatrick started 24 games in his career, including twelve as a junior in 2011.

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Draft[edit]

Kirkpatrick was selected 17th overall in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. On May 18, 2012, he signed a four-year $8.6 million contract with the Bengals which includes a $4.7 million signing bonus.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 186 lb 30 12 in 9 38 in 4.50 s 1.53 s 2.57 s 7.20 s 35 in 10 ft 0 in
All values from NFL combine

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Kirkpatrick was placed on injured reserve on December 25, 2012.

In 2013 Dre Kirkpatrick played in 14 games (Games 1-2 and 5-16), with starts in Games 14-16 at LCB in place of injured Terence Newman. He had 30 tackles on defense and four on special teams. He had three INTs (one returned for TD), one sack and five passes defensed. His most notable game came in week 17 against the Baltimore Ravens when he had 9 tackles and 2 interceptions (one of which was returned 21 yards for a touchdown).[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lourie, Steven. "Cincinnati Bengals 2012 Draft Grades". Retrieved 5/3/12. 
  2. ^ Gadsden City High's Dre Kirkpatrick is The News' top super senior
  3. ^ "Football Recruiting". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  4. ^ "Alabama Commit List for 2009". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  5. ^ "Football Recruiting". Scout.com. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  6. ^ a b Watts, Tim (2009-02-04). "Dre Stays Home". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  7. ^ http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/Dre-Kirkpatrick/3f89d93d-6289-497f-a912-0459ae1ab95e
  8. ^ Associated Press (2012-12-25). "Bengals pick up receiver Dane Sanzenbacher off waivers from Bears; Dre Kirkpatrick on IR". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 2012-12-25. 

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