The Denver Post offers this up on Tide cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick:
…you’ll hear Kirkpatrick’s name a lot before the draft. He’s likely the top cornerback on the board for most teams, given his size, athleticism, competitiveness and the fact he has played inNick Saban’s defense.
NFL people like Saban’s players because Alabama does so many things in coverage that NFL teams do, and those players come into the league ready to go. Saban’s practice approach is also cited by his former players as having prepared them for their professional careers.
If Kirkpatrick runs well in predraft workouts and gets into the 4.3s in his 40, he could certainly be a top-five to top-eight pick. He’s already top-10 for many teams at this early stage, so the Broncos will have to finish with one of the worst records in the league to have a shot at him.
The Broncos have three starting defensive backs who are over 30 years old, including both cornerbacks, so the position will get a long look with one of their first three picks.
Wow. I’m not sure what Dre’s 40 time is, but it looks like he’s about to make some cash.