Dre Kirkpatrick

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Dre Kirkpatrick
Dre Kirkpatrick Bengals training camp 2012.jpg
Kirkpatrick in 2012
No. 27 Cincinnati Bengals
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-10-26) October 26, 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth: Gadsden, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Gadsden (AL) City
College: Alabama
NFL draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2015
Tackles: 93
Sacks: 1.0
Interceptions: 6
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 New York Jets 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]


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]

Freshman Year[edit]

Kirkpatrick played in 12 games as a true freshman, finding time on special teams and in the defensive backfield as a reserve ... finished with eight tackles, including six on special teams. Florida International: Earned his first career playing time in a Crimson Tide uniform ... did not record any statistics, but was a demon on the punt team and the punt coverage team ... earned special teams player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff. North Texas: Came off the bench and recorded his first career tackle in a Crimson Tide uniform. Arkansas: Came off the bench and recorded a career-best two tackles in his first SEC action. Kentucky: Played but did not record any statistics. Mississippi: Saw extensively on special teams, but did not have a tackle. South Carolina: Tied a career-high with two tackles, both coming on special teams. Tennessee: Tallied one solo tackle on special teams. Mississippi State: Came off the bench to assist on one tackle on special teams. Chattanooga: Came off the bench and found time on special teams but did not record a tackle. Auburn: Played on special teams but did not record any statistics. Florida: Saw action on special teams but did not tally any statistics. Texas: Recorded one assisted tackle in the Crimson Tide's victory over the Longhorns in the Citi BCS National Championship Game.[7]

Sophomore Year[edit]

Kirkpatrick developed into a starter at cornerback and became a standout for the Crimson Tide defense ... finished with 53 tackles on the season to rank fourth on the team in his first year as a starter ... had seven pass breakups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and made three interceptions that he returned for 30 yards ... had four tackles for loss from his cornerback position and was tied for second in interceptions. San Jose State: Made his first career start against the Spartans and made two solo tackles and broke up a pass as Alabama limited SJSU to 175 total yards, including 86 in the air. Penn State: Logged a career-best five tackles and a pass breakup in a win over the Nittany Lions. Duke: Registered his first career interception in the win ... made two solo tackles and one assisted for three total tackles ... also recorded his first tackle for loss, dropping a Blue Devil ball carrier for a loss of two yards. Arkansas: His fourth quarter interception sealed the Crimson Tide's comeback win ... registered a career-best nine tackles, including seven solo tackles ... made a tackle for loss (-5 yards). Florida: Made five tackles with four solo stops ... his second quarter interception set up a Marquis Maze to Michael Williams touchdown pass ... had a tackle for loss for the third straight game, this time for a loss of eight yards ... forced his first career fumble. South Carolina: Had four solo tackles in a 35-21 loss to the Gamecocks—the first loss for UA during Kirkpatrick's time at the Capstone. Mississippi: Led the team with seven solo tackles ... broke up one pass and recorded a tackle for loss of -2 yards in the Crimson Tide's 23-10 win over Mississippi. Tennessee: Totaled four tackles with three solo stops ... broke up one pass as the Tide limited the Volunteers to just 156 passing yards and no scores through the air. LSU: Registered five total tackles with two solo stops ... broke up one pass. Mississippi State: Made two tackles, including one solo stop as the Tide limited the No. 17 Bulldogs to just 150 yards passing. Georgia State: Made one tackle and broke up a pass as the Tide surrendered just 74 yards passing in a 63-7 win over the Panthers. Auburn: Recorded three total tackles with two solo stops against the Tigers ... recovered his first fumble of the season and broke up one pass as the Tide limited AU to 324 total yards Also recorded the first quarterback hurry of his career.[7]

Junior Year[edit]

Dre Kirkpatrick developed into a shut-down corner and a leader in the Crimson Tide secondary ... a first-team All-American by the FWAA, CBSsports.com and Pro Football Weekly ... second-team Associated Press All-American ... second-team All-SEC by both the AP and the league coaches ... has 26 tackles with 23 solo stops while defenses continue to throw away from him ... also has a nine pass breakups ... returned a blocked field goal 55 yards for a touchdown ... has two forced fumbles and two tackles for loss (-4 yards) ... part of a defense that leads the nation in pass defense (116.3 ypg) and pass efficiency defense (83.9) ... two-time Defensive Player of the Week by the UA coaching staff. Kent State: Did not have a pass completed in his direction and broke up three passes as the Golden Flashes could only manage 98 passing yards on while completing only 42.5 percent of their passes. Penn State: Forced two Nittany Lions' fumbles while making two solo tackles and breaking up one pass in the 27-11 road win over No. 23 Penn State ... Defensive Player of the Week by the UA coaching staff. North Texas: Made one solo tackle and broke up a pass as the Mean Green completed only 41.9 percent of their passes. Arkansas: Matched his season and career best with three pass breakups ... had a season-high six tackles—all solo ... had two devastating hits that upended Arkansas receivers ... recorded his first tackle for loss of the season (-3 yards) ... helped limit the Hogs to over 150 yards below their season average throwing the football and 291 yards below their total offense average. Florida: Had three solo tackles as Alabama beat the Gators 38-10. Vanderbilt: Made two solo stops and helped limt the Commodores to just 149 passing yards. Mississippi: Made four total tackles with three solo stops ... had his first assisted tackle of the year ... helped limit the Rebels to just 113 yards passing ... named the Special Teams Player of the Week by the UA coaching staff. Tennessee: Had just one tackle with the Volunteers not testing his side of the field ... helped limit UT to just 63 passing yards and 15 yards of total offense in a 37-6 win. LSU: Recorded four tackles as the Crimson Tide limited the top-ranked Tigers to just 91 yards passing. Mississippi State: Made one solo tackle as the Tide limited the Bulldogs to just 131 total yards while posting a 18.8 third-down conversion percentage. Georgia Southern: Made two solo tackles as the Tide held the Eagles to just 39 yards passing ... returned a blocked field goal 55 yards for a score. Auburn: Broke up and deflected the only ball thrown in his direction ... helped the Crimson Tide limit the Tigers to just 44 yards through three quarters and 140 total yards.[7]

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]


Worked his way back from preseason knee injury to make debut in Game 8, Nov. 4 vs. Denver, but a concussion suffered in Game 12 at San Diego, combined with recurrence of knee injury, sidelined him for remainder of season ... Played in five Games (Games 8-12), with two tackles on defense and two on special teams ... Saw first defensive action of his career late in game on Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants (no statistics), replacing injured CB Adam Jones ... Saw his first extensive action on defense on Nov. 18 at Kansas City, logging two tackles.[8]


Played in 14 games (Games 1-2 and 5-16), with starts at LCB in Games 14-16 and Wild Card playoff, in place of injured Terence Newman ... Had 30 tackles on defense and four on special teams ... Tied for team lead with three INTs (one returned for TD), one sack and five passes defensed ... Inactive for Games 3-4 due to hamstring injury ... Two tackles on defense Oct. 20 at Detroit, seeing increased action after injury to CB Leon Hall ... Two tackles Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, including his first career sack, one-yarder of Jason Campbell ... Won a 50-50 ball from Pro Bowl TE Antonio Gates at Bengals 25 in the third quarter on Dec. 1 at San Diego, and Bengals responded with TD drive to take lead for good at 14-7 ... Led secondary with five tackles on Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... First career start on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh, subbing for injured Terence Newman, and logged four tackles ... Started Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota and had two tackles and a pass defensed ... Started Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore and had career-high nine tackles (led secondary) with two INTs; the second returned 21 yards for TD in fourth quarter ... Two tackles in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.[8]


Has played in Games 1-13 and has 10 tackles on defense, three passes defensed and seven special teams tackles (tied for third on team) ... On Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, downed a punt at the four-yard line and teamed with LS Clark Harris to down another at the one ... Had a pass defensed and two special teams tackles on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore ... Had two special teams tackles on Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville and teamed with WR James Wright to down a Kevin Huber punt at the six-yard line ... Had three tackles on defense and one on special teams Nov. 6 vs. Cleveland, and teamed with James Wright to down a punt at the three-yard line ... On Nov. 16 at New Orleans, the first of his two passes defensed broke up a play to WR Marques Colston in end zone, the first play of a Bengals goal line stand ... On Dec. 14 at Cleveland, he recorded his 1st start of the season and recorded his 1st INT of the season from Johnny Manziel and defended a pass.[8] On December 22, he intercepted Peyton Manning 2 times. One was returned for a touchdown earlier in the game. The second was the game ending interception in the final minutes of the 4th quarter. [8]


  1. ^ Lourie, Steven. "Cincinnati Bengals 2012 Draft Grades". Retrieved 5/3/12.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  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. ^ a b c "Alabama Athletics". Rolltide.com. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  8. ^ a b c d Cincinnati Bengals (2012-12-25). "Dre Kirkpatrick". Cincinnati Bengals. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 

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