Zimmer’s defense relies a lot on defensive pressure and leaving his men on islands. With Leon Hall, Adam Jones, and Terence Newman all being here next season, where can Kirkpatrick fit? As the physical, zone corner. The Bengals have been looking for someone on defense to be a nasty leader. While Domata Peko is the leader, and so is Rey Maualuga, the Bengals still need someone nasty. Look no further than Kirkpatrick. He’s a physical corner who forced incomplete passes by tackling hard, and forced fumbles. Although he didn’t have any interceptions his last year in college, he still had 9 breakups and was on the ball.
In 2013, the Bengals are going to be looking to many of their new, young players to step up. The Bengals will be allowing Devon Still and Brandon Thompson to fill the void that Pat Sims left, and one will expect the Bengals to draft a linebacker to take over where Manny Lawson has left. But now the Bengals do have another secret, young weapon in Kirkpatrick. He’s a very good zone player who could break on the ball or player very quickly. He’s a great tackler and has a very good motor. Although he may not start right away, he could still contribute very well on special teams. Don’t forget, he did down a ball at the 1 yard line during a big game last season.