NFL DRAFT 2012: A Look At Alabama’s ‘Swagga’ Dre Kirkpatrick

Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick is ranked the #23 in Pro Football Weekly’s Top 32 NFL Draft prospects.

According to PFW, six or seven players on the 2011 Alabama defense could be drafted in the year’s NFL Draft, and “Swagga” is likely to go in the middle of the first round.

Kirkpatrick’s measurable are 6’1 and 5/8”, 186 lbs. with 4.52 speed.

According to the video, “His confidence stands out just like the nickname there.”

Positives include his “length at almost 6’2” which gives him great size to matchup in a press system.” Other positives include his “sticky cover skills” and that he is “battle-tested.”

Downside risks include his “only three career interceptions as you want more production out of a first round cornerback,” according to PFW. There are also concerns over “durability and character.”

The PFW video speculates that Kirkpatrick could go 17-23 in the NFL Draft. The Bengals have the 17th and 21st picks and other possible draft spots include the Titans at 20 or the Lions at 23.