Draft Reaction: Cincinnati selects CB Dre Kirkpatrick
The remaining corner with a first round size AND speed combination, Kirkpatrick was long rumored to be a favorite of Bengals DC Mike Zimmer. And playing across from Leon Hall makes him likely to draw the favorable matchups to play zone or man.
The knock on Kirkpatrick right now is that if you get him in man to man and you can beat his press, there are a lot of NFL receivers that can win against him on the outside. But this team has Leon Hall, so it’s less of a concern for them. And on top of that, there are no questions about Zimmer’s ability to adapt.
This is a great fit for Cincinnati, and the only unanswered question is whether Kirkpatrick would have been there in four picks when the Bengals make their second selection of the first round. Having now replaced Johnathan Joseph in the lineup with Kirkpatrick, the Bengals can look back and smile on the genius of the Carson Palmer trade.
Cincinnati Bengals Process Points: 4