Bengals ink top pick Kirkpatrick
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have signed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick of Alabama, their top pick in the draft. It’s the fastest they’ve gotten a top pick under contract since 2003.
Kirkpatrick was the first of Cincinnati’s two picks in the opening round, going 17th overall. He’s expected to compete for a starting job, teaming with Leon Hall at cornerback. Hall is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon but is expected back.
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It’s the fastest Cincinnati has reached agreement with its top pick since quarterback Carson Palmer was the first overall pick in 2003, allowing the Bengals to negotiate a deal before the draft.
The Bengals got the extra pick in the first round by trading Palmer to Oakland last season.
Cincinnati now has six of its 10 picks under contract.