Saturday, March 3, 2012

Chargers Draft Prospects: Dre Kirkpatrick

The Chargers could use help in the secondary. Is Alabama corner Dre Kirkpatrick a potential answer?

Position: CB
Height: 6' 2''
Weight: 186 lbs.

Pros: Kirkpatrick played at Alabama, a member of one of the best college defenses. He has great fluidity and agility and is strong enough to be very successful jamming receivers at the line. He was mainly used as a man coverage corner, but he has the speed and ability to make big plays in zone coverage. He also has the leaping ability to go up and get jump balls. He tackles well, which leads to dropped balls.

Cons: His biggest knock is his character. Even though the pot charges against him got dropped, many teams still see this as a red flag. Coach Saban was hard on Kirkpatrick to keep him focused, but he may not have that in the pros. Kirkpatrick sometimes doesn't get great hand placement on jams and receivers blow by him or knock him down. He also sometimes plays too aggressive, falling for double moves sometimes.

Kirkpatrick has issues swirling about his character, but if he can get that sorted out, he has the talent to be a special player in the league.

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