Jan 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick (21) celebrates with the fans after his team defeated the LSU Tigers 21-0 for the BCS National Championship at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

Possible Dallas Cowboys Draft Pick: Dre Kirkpatrick

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Now comes the awkward time in the NFL offseason. The combine is over (though the “results” will be talked about, more than you would like). The draft isn’t for another 50 days. Free agency doesn’t start until March 13. NFL fans, bloggers, writers, players, and talking heads don’t have a lot of options to talk about for a week or so (So you should be prepared for many, many segments of “Bounty-gate” on Sportscenter for a while). Since I’m trying to take the high road on that, I’ll start a preview of possible draft picks for the Cowboys, starting with someone many expect us to take in the first round: D’Andre “Dre” Lawan Kirkpatrick.

Feb 28, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick waits to start his workout during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

At 6’2″, Kirkpatrick is (will be) one of the tallest cornerbacks in the NFL. Considering Jenkins, Newman, and Scandrick aren’t over 6′ at all, his height (and 30 5/8″ length) can be enough to sway us fans. He also has the athleticism to play zone as a safety, which painfully reminds me of AOA. Kirkpatrick had a very solid combine, posting a 120 inch broad jump, 35 inch vertical jump, and a 4.51 time in the 40 yard dash. He earned a grade of 92.0, almost certainly an immediate start in the NFL, despite his thin size.

It’s that thin size that’s a major weakness for Kirkpatrick. Despite being 6’2″, he is only listed at 186 pounds. Hypothetically speaking, Calvin Johnson is listed at 6’5″, 236 pounds and Larry Fitzgerald is listed at 6’3″, 218. Granted, those two are freak exceptions, but it certainly gives you substantial evidence as to the necessity of added weight and muscle for Kirkpatrick. Unfortunately, he’s had minimal development in his size at Alabama, so hopefully NFL trainers can get more out of him at the next level.

In case you forgot, Kirkpatrick also had a brief run-in with the law. He was arrested on January 17, 2012 on charges of marijuana possession. By February 6, all charges were dropped. However, it seems he is still hanging out with the wrong crowd. The Cowboys went through a similar situation with Dez Bryant, and have been known to sign seedy characters, so we’ll see what kind of an impact this has on Garrett and Jones.

It’s obvious to see why Kirkpatrick would be a great pick for the Cowboys-the team clearly needs help in the secondary. I don’t have to tell you fans that. I hope this article gave you some pros and cons about the defensive back from Alabama, just in case he is wearing a star this season.

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