2014 Combine

Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick as shutdown as they come in college

Posted Feb 26, 2012

Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick won't ever forget this past season's game against Florida. It was just 19 seconds into the game when Florida receiver Andre DeBose ran a fade route and got behind Kirkpatrick for a 65-yard touchdown.

The play sticks out for Kirkpatrick because it was the first touchdown he'd allowed to an opposing receiver ... ever. Kirkpatrick has been playing cornerback since the eighth grade and said that play was the first and only time he'd ever been beaten for a score.

"He ran a fade route on me and I was just playing overaggressive, too hyped up in the first quarter of the game, and just misread my steps," he said. "First ever in my life."

Kirkpatrick was a big part Alabama's national championship defense and is considered one of the best corners in the draft and top-15 pick. It just so happens the Lions are in the market for a young, talented cornerback.

Kirkpatrick said Sunday that he'd already met with the Lions.

There have been concerns about Kirkpatrick's character, though, since his arrest in January on marijuana possession.

"It was just me being in the wrong place at the wrong time," Kirkpatrick said of the incident. "The guy that left the marijuana in the car turned himself in, signed an affidavit that I was unaware of the marijuana in the car, and all the charges have been dropped."

Kirkpatrick (6-0, 186) has been pegged by some analysts as strictly a zone cover corner. He dismissed those claims when talking to the media at the combine, saying he played both man and zone at Alabama and feels equally comfortable playing both.