And then there is the most recent 1st round draft pick, Dre Kirkpatrick. He was once regarded as a top 10 talent, but even after altercations off the field he was still considered a top 15 talent. Kirkpatrick has been plagued with an injury during the preseason, but because of the CB depth, he doesn’t have to step right in. This might be a good situation for Kirkpatrick to be in.
He gets to learn from Leon Hall, a very good corner. Two 10+ year veterans in Newman and Clements who can help Kirkpatrick with what to expect, and Adam Jones has already taken Kirkpatrick under his wing. This might be the first time in YEARS that the Bengals don’t have to have a first rounder come in and start immediately. And that seems to be a very good problem to have when looking at the potential of this secondary.