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Dre Kirkpatrick injury: Bengals 2012 first round pick fighting for playing time

Kirkpatrick has become a bit of a forgotten man after losing most of his rookie season to injury.

Joe Robbins

Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick hasn't had much of a chance to live up to the billing as a first-round draft pick.

Kirkpatrick, a 2012 first-rounder, didn't appear in a game for the Bengals until November of his rookie season. He battled a knee injury and was only able to play five games in 2012, failing to make much of an impact for Cincinnati.

The Bengals hope he is healthy entering the 2013 season, but he still has some work to do to get playing time. Leon Hall, Terance Newman and Adam Jones are currently the top three cornerbacks on Cincy's depth chart until Kirkpatrick proves that he's healthy enough to contribute, according to

As a man-to-man cover corner, Kirkpatrick has impressive skills. After missing practices in the spring, his health remains an issue. But coming out of Alabama, he was considered one of the top cornerback prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft.

For a reminder on the type of talent Kirkpatrick possesses, check out Dan Kadar's scouting report on him over at Mocking the Draft.

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