Let’s just go ahead and talk about this right now since we’re going to hear plenty about it in the near future, especially this coming November 25th with Oakland visits Cincinnati. Last night the Cincinnati Bengals used the 17th pick in the NFL draft to select Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. Of course that pick was made possible by the Bengals’ current special teams coach, one Hue Jackson, who once upon a time traded away a large chunk of Oakland’s future for Carson Palmer.
So, inevitably, we’ll have to listen to plenty of discussion on who got the better end of the deal.
Naturally, that argument is all Oakland for the moment. Palmer might not ever be worth what he was traded for but as of now he’s actually helped Oakland win a game or two and is a proven commodity. Kirkpatrick comes with plenty of promise and some concerns as well but the proof is on the field in pads, not on a stage in New York when guys wear ball caps and suits.
For those that want to play the What-if game keep in mind if Jackson didn’t push that panic button then chances are the Raiders would have been picking a little higher than 17th. But for argument’s sake we’ll entertain the Raiders drafting in the slot they gifted to the Bengals.
During the NFL Combine the Raiders did interview Kirkpatrick who plays a position of need for Oakland. It stands to reason that Reggie McKenzie might have gone the same way had he still owned Oakland’s original pick. Supposedly McKenzie also valued another Alabama defender in pass rusher Courtney Upshaw. Perhaps that is the man Oakland would have gone with though he’s still available as the second day of the draft starts.
This entire process is just one big guessing game with no right answers. But that won’t stop the talk.
Just wait until you go through your daily routine on a Sunday morning in November. There will be the obligatory split screen images of Carson Palmer warming up and Kirkpatrick stretching while the broadcast team rambles on about the trade. That will be just one of many plotlines discussed when Palmer returns to his former home.
And the best part of all is that we get to do this all over again next year when the Bengals use their second round pick they got from Oakland. Get ready to hear all of this rehashed next time with a little more clarity on the Palmer-Kirkpatrick comparison.