Days after declaring himself eligible for the NFL Draft, former University of Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was arrested in Florida for marijuana possession.
Kirkpatrick was arrested by the Manatee County Sherriff’s Department (Bradenton area) shortly after midnight Tuesday morning and discharged after paying a $120 bond.
He was arrested along with former Alabama cornerback Chris Rogers.
According to the police report, they were arrested in Rogers' rented truck, after being pulled over for driving on the wrong side of the road. A dog detected the presence of drugs, and an officer found less than 20 grams of marijuana on the floorboard of the passenger side at Kirkpatrick’s feet.
Rogers told police he purchased the marijuana at a house and was charged with a drug offense. Kirkpatrick said he was in the car when the purchase was being made, but didn’t realize at the time what was being bought.
Krikpatrick was a two-year starter and made 30 tackles this season, with four tackles for a loss, nine breakups and two forced fumbles. He was named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and was a finalist for the Thorpe Award for defensive back of the year.
He’s being tabbed as a potential top-10 draft pick, although the arrest might obviously affect his draft stock.
Smelley to play in Senior Bowl
Senior tight end Brad Smelley announced on Twitter that he’ll be playing in the Senior Bowl in Mobile: “I get to represent Bama one last time, just received and accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl! See y'all in Mobile, Roll Tide!”
He’s expected to join Mark Barron, Marquis Maze, DeQuan Menzie, Courtney Upshaw and William Vlachos. Nose tackle Josh Chapman declined due to having knee surgery.
Smelley finished second in Alabama receiving with 34 catches for 356 yards and four touchdowns. He also had the most receptions, seven for 39 yards, in the BCS National Championship Game.
The Senior Bowl will be played Jan. 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
ESPN’s Ryan McGee has tabbed Alabama as the team most in danger of losing early ground next season due to its schedule and not because of the national championship rematch (of the rematch) at Baton Rouge.
"You need to pay attention to the fact that two of the Crimson Tide's first three games include a trip to Arlington, Texas, to play the Michigan Wolverines and a visit to Fayetteville to play the Arkansas Razorbacks, who will have Tyler Wilson back under center,” he wrote. “I don't care who you are, that's tough."
However, he added that if Alabama can get through that it might have a “choke-hold” on No. 1.
Early NFL Combine list
According to CBS.com, the initial invitation list for the NFL Combine includes five Alabama players: Wide receiver Marquis Maze, nose tackle Josh Chapman, linebacker Courtney Upshaw, cornerback DeQuan Menzie, and safety Mark Barron.
Maze injured his hamstring in the national title game and Chapman will be coming off knee surgery.
The list does not include underclassmen, who had until Sunday to petition the NFL for early entry into the draft.
The official invitation list is expected to be announced by the end of the month. The Combine will be Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.
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