Is Dre Kirkpatrick the next Champ Bailey?
Throwing to Dre Kirkpatrick's side of the field is about as foolish as the whole Brett
Favre fiasco. But for some reason or another, quarterbacks still occasionally try to
test the Gadsden City (Gadsden, Ala.) senior cornerback. Not surprisingly, they've
been burned nearly every time. Rated the nation's No. 1 defensive back in the
ESPNU 150, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder strikes fear into passing attacks because of
his combination of size, speed and technical skills. And each time he intercepts the
ball, he's a threat to take it to the house. Last season, he tallied 56 tackles and six
picks on defense, returned a punt for a score and also added a touchdown catch
at receiver. At press time, he was being recruited by juggernauts like Alabama,
Texas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, USC, LSU, Miami, Tennessee and Clemson.
Kirkpatrick's ability to completely shut down his side of the field is similar to NFL
All-Pro Champ Bailey, the best corner in the game. Athletically, the eight-time Pro
Bowl selection off the charts. The 6-foot, 192-pound Bailey has excellent size for a
corner and the strength to bully receivers at the line. At Charlton County (Folkston,
Ga.), Bailey earned PARADE All-American honors as a senior after
scoring 28 touchdowns on offense while picking off two passes on
defense. He was a three-way star (cornerback, receiver, kick
returner) at Georgia and earned the Bronco Nagurski Award as
the nation's most outstanding defensive player. Bailey has carried
those traits to the NFL, where he's given quarterbacks nightmares.
Kind of like Kirkpatrick.
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|DRE KIRKPATRICK||CHAMP BAILEY|
|HIGH SCHOOL||GADSDEN CITY (ALA.)||CHARLTON COUNTY (GA.)|
|* KIRKPATRICK'S JUNIOR SEASON, BAILEY'S SENIOR SEASON|
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