Bengals sign first-rounder Kirkpatrick

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Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, the 17th overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Bengals, signed a four-year deal Friday.

At 6-2, 186, Kirkpatrick has the size, arm length and experience to become a rookie start in defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's press-cover scheme.

"He has quick feet. He moves his feet laterally pretty well," Zimmer said. He does a great job in bump-and-run. The taller corners have an advantage when they're going down the field, because the ball has to go over the top of their outstretched arms."

Kirkpatrick was an All-American as a junior at Alabama. He'll compete with Nate Clements and Terence Newman for a starting role. Leon Hall, coming back from a ruptured Achilles, is likely to start if he remains ahead of schedule in his recovery.
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