Alabama standout cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick will meet with the Dallas Cowboys on the 2nd of April, 24-days before the draft.
Kirkpatrick, who is arguably the best cornerback in the upcoming draft, potentially has degraded himself from being a top first round pick, dropping him down a few boards due to a marijuana possession charge from a traffic stop in Florida back in January. The Cowboys certainly won’t overlook Kirkpatrick’s tremendous athletic ability, but the organizations history of off the field incidents may let team owner and general manager Jerry Jones put his foot on the breaks to avoid a potential media circus that has haunted “America’s Team” throughout the years. The Cowboys have already solidified one piece of the secondary by signing Brandon Carr, a player that has nothing but a great track record and no troubles with the law.
Kirkpatrick won two National Championships at Alabama and was a 2nd team All American in 2011. But the talented Kirkpatrick isn’t the only cornerback the Cowboys have been looking at in this year’s draft class. South Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore is another player at the cornerback position on the Jerry Jones radar. Standing at 6-1, Gilmore has the size and attributes of a physical style of defensive back that can play press coverage and bring a knock-you-out attitude to any secondary.
Time still remains before we head into the 26th of April when the draft begins. And time will only tell us what position Dallas will choose to pick at 14. Will it be a cornerback, an offensive lineman, outside pass-rusher or defensive lineman? The bottom line is there are still some empty shoes to fill. And those empty shoes can only be filled through free agency and the draft.