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A three-year starter for one of the nation's elite programs with a wealth of athletic talent, Kirkpatrick projects as a first-round pick and one of the first cornerbacks to be taken off the board - if a team determines selecting a player with his character issues is a risk worth taking. Kirkpatrick was arrested in January for marijuana possession, and reportedly did little to assuage teams' concerns in interviews at the combine. When letting his skills do the talking, Kirkpatrick impressed at the combine by placing among the leaders at his position in the 40-yard dash (4.51 seconds), vertical jump (35.0 inches) and broad jump (120.0 inches). Kirkpatrick didn't post high interception totals with the Crimson Tide - all three of his picks came as a sophomore in 2010 - but he developed a reputation as a shutdown corner for the 2011 BCS champions and garnered second-team All-American honors as most opponents opted not to throw his way. He helped anchor the defense that almost completely shut down LSU's passing attack in the national title game, limiting the Tigers to 53 yards through the air in Alabama's 21-0 victory. His size and leaping ability make Kirkpatrick a good bet to win jump balls against NFL receivers, though he could stand to add a bit of weight to his frame. Though listed as a cornerback, a team may also choose to convert Kirkpatrick into a safety at the next level.