Tip of the hat to 'pantherdiehard' for his fanpost bringing this to my attention
Less than 20 days after Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick was arrested for marijuana possession the charges have been dropped.
For those who doubted: NO CHARGES FILED against me for marijuana bust in Florida. #innocent #Bama #NFLDraft
It should be interesting how analysts view this news, as many had revised their mocks and dropped Dre K as many as 15 spots in the wake of the arrest. The off-field issue is secondary of course to his on field play, something that is still somewhat of a mystery. The combine will be vital to Kirkpatrick as he hopes to prove he is a true cornerback, and not a safety in CB clothing. Should he be able to win over scouts that he has the ability to play outside then he's a likely lock as a top 10 pick, however he could be available in the 20's or later if he shows that he will need to be converted to safety in the NFL.
Whether he's a corner or a safety when it all shakes out, the Panthers are in dire need of both positions. Kirkpatrick is definitely a player to watch moving forward.