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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HITS AND MISSES FROM OUR PAST NEXT PICKS
HIT: MATTHEW STAFFORD TO TOM BRADY
Stafford is only a junior at Georgia, but he's the star QB
for the nation's preseason No. 1 team and a Heisman
candidate to boot. And oh yeah, he's the potential No.
1 pick in April's NFL Draft.
MISS: RYAN MOORE TO RANDY MOSS
While Moss is busy shattering records in the NFL, Moore is
getting cut by Canadian Football League teams. At Miami,
Moore never lived up the hype of being the nation's No. 1
wide receiver in high school back in 2001-02.
NEXT IN LINE:
MORE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COMPARISONS
THE NEXT BRIAN URLACHER:
LIKE URLACHER, TE'O IS A FREAKISHLY ATHLETIC LINEBACKER
WITH THE SPEED TO CATCH BALL CARRIERS AND THE POWER TO
BRING THE PAIN TRAIN WITH EACH HIT.
THE NEXT TONY ROMO:
AS ONE OF THE NATION'S TOP QUARTERBACKS, MURRAY HAS
A CANNON FOR AN ARM. BUT LIKE ROMO, HE ALSO HAS THE
ATHLETICISM TO MAKE PLAYS WITH HIS FEET.
THE NEXT BRAYLON EDWARDS:
AN ALL-AROUND STUD AT RECEIVER, RANDLE HAS HANDS LIKE
FLYPAPER, HE CAN STRETCH A DEFENSE AND HE'S TOUGH TO
BRING DOWN. SOUNDS LIKE THE DYNAMIC EDWARDS.