I have campaigned for the Philadelphia Eagles to select a cornerback with their first-round pick, although I think Dre Kirkpatrick may be a slight stretch with this selection. Morris Claiborne will be gone within the first five-to-ten picks for sure, and from there, the next cornerbacks likely to go will be Dre Kirkpatrick, Stephon Gilmore and Janoris Jenkins.
Personally, I would prefer Gilmore, but his stock seems to be rising constantly, and he may even go in the top-10 overall picks. Jenkins is an unbelievable talent but he has way too many character concerns to warrant a mid-round selection. Kirkpatrick is an extremely solid player, and he was a key part of a championship team at Alabama.
Kirkpatrick would spend 2012 likely playing out of the nickel role if the Eagles trade Asante Samuel, but with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie set to hit free agency after the season, the Eagles could choose to go with Nnamdi Asomugha and Kirkpatrick as their starters in 2013. That would be a scary group of cornerbacks for top wide receivers like Victor Cruz, Dez Bryant and Hakeem Nicks to face twice per season.