CINCINNATI (AP) - The Bengals took cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick
from Alabama with the 17th overall pick in the draft, trying to
fill one of their two most glaring needs.
The Bengals had one of the best cornerback tandems in the NFL in
Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall, but Joseph left for Houston after
the 2010 season and Hall tore an Achilles tendon last year.
Cincinnati got the pick from Oakland as part of the deal for
quarterback Carson Palmer, which didn't turn out so well for the
Raiders, who failed to reach the playoffs last season. Cincinnati
also had its own pick, at No. 21, in the round.
The Bengals also need to get a receiver to complement A.J.
Green, their top pick last year who reached made the Pro Bowl.