Even without a first round pick or even the prospects of acquiring a first round pick the Oakland Raiders interviewed a probable first round pick at the NFL scouting combine. At least that’s what troubled but talented University of Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is claiming. In fact the Raiders aren’t even the only AFC West team showing some interest in kicking the tires on Kirkpatrick as he also states the San Diego Chargers were among the five teams that sat down with him.
It goes without saying that the position of cornerback is of high priority for the Oakland Raiders. Reggie McKenzie’s abrupt release of Stanford Routt has left Oakland without a top corner. Of course one could argue they didn’t even have one with Routt on the team. But that’s another topic.
That the Raiders would want to listen to what Kirkpatrick has to say indicates they may have some designs on trying to move into the first round or they’re betting on his draft stock to continue to slide.
Among the top DB prospects in the draft, Kirkpatrick has seen his character issues come to forefront of any and every concentration surrounding his NFL future. Only days after declaring for the draft Kirkpatrick was arrested. The charges dropped later but the incident raised some red flags. Beyond legal issues, his attitude has been questioned as well.
Something no pro scout questions is his talent. Kirkpatrick is blessed with amazing athleticism, great size for an NFL corner and has plenty of potential. In some early mock drafts he was being pegged as the second corner to come off the board after rival LSU corner Morris Claiborne.
As the defensive backs have yet to perform at the combine there is a chance Kirkpatrick’s stock could rise once again making it nearly impossible for the Raiders to move into position where he might be within their reach. With no picks of value to trade the Raiders would have to offer an elite player like a Darren McFadden and future picks in order to get into the first round you’d imagine.