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January 18, 2012

Will pot charge hurt Dre Kirkpatrick in draft?

Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who has shown up next to the Panthers' name on a couple of early mock drafts, was arrested in Florida early Tuesday on a marijuana possession charge.

Kirkpatrick, who left Alabama after his junior season, is considered by most analysts a top-10 pick. The Panthers will pick 8th or 9th, based on a coin flip with Miami next month.

How will this week's arrest affect Kirkpatrick's draft status or the Panthers' possible interest in him?

Not much, unless NFL teams determine it's just one of several red flags for Kirkpatrick.

The Panthers showed last year they are more willing to take chances on players with checkered pasts than they were previously. Besides Cam Newton – said to have character issues because of his actions at Florida and those of his father related to Newton's recruitment leaving junior college – the Panthers drafted Brandon Hogan in the fourth round, despite a series of off-the-field problems for the West Virginia corner.

General manager Marty Hurney said at the time the decisions did reflect a “a little bit” of a change in philosophy for the Panthers, who in the past had steered clear of players with baggage.

The Panthers did their homework – a lot of it – on Newton and believed a lot of the character questions had been overblown. They did not do as much background work on Hogan as a fourth-round pick.

But Ron Rivera met with Hogan and told him it wouldn't be a three-strikes policy in Charlotte.

If the Panthers decide Kirkpatrick is their guy, Rivera, Hurney and the team's scouting department will do the research and decide if the second-team All-American is worth the risk.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on January 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM | Permalink


If he can tackle I don't give a damn what he smokes. Lawrence Taylor was the biggest crack head on the face of the earth.

Posted by: cppro | Jan 18, 2012 12:40:37 PM

He'd fill a major hole in our defense for many years but to get busted with pot just before you enter the draft is beyond foolish. Unless we trade down in the first round, I don't think we take the risk.

Posted by: Rodger | Jan 18, 2012 12:41:31 PM

Michael Brockers

Posted by: james | Jan 18, 2012 1:00:56 PM

What risk? That he'll get busted for pot again? You take that risk with 98% of all NFL players, whether incoming rookies or ten-year veteran free agents. If he has an attitude in meetings and seems like he'd be hard to coach, stay away. He gets popped for smoking in the summer after college, wouldn't slow me down for a second in drafting him. Anybody saying different isn't being honest about today's NFL.

Posted by: Jones | Jan 18, 2012 1:01:48 PM

Why would some kid smoking a plant have any affect on the Panthers and their desire to draft him? Weed is harmless, and the A.M.A. agrees. End the senseless prohibition today!

Posted by: FreedomFry? | Jan 18, 2012 1:16:25 PM

I thought this guy was just dumb.. then i looked at who posted it and realized that he has less hope than i thought. alabama people are crazy.

Posted by: zach | Jan 18, 2012 1:17:17 PM

I see one cockroach on this thread....I hope there are 50 more like it.

Posted by: Gary | Jan 18, 2012 1:17:28 PM

One question:

Are we trying to earn merit badges and become eagle scouts or win football games?

If you want to do the second, better push this one aside Hurney. Big, fast physical corners don't come around too much.

Posted by: Mike P | Jan 18, 2012 1:41:28 PM

None if this matters If we signed Carlos Rogers when we had a chance last year!

Posted by: joe cool | Jan 18, 2012 1:45:26 PM

Didn't seem to bother them when they picked the Laptop bandit.

Posted by: ENCTARHEEL | Jan 18, 2012 1:46:23 PM

I don't care about the mary jane stuff... The problem is - could this be the tip of the iceberg so to speak? Panthers will need to dig in deeper and find out. I would lean toward a DT personally...

Posted by: Dirt | Jan 18, 2012 1:53:03 PM

It just means the background check will be more involved

Posted by: cheese | Jan 18, 2012 1:59:45 PM

if we want a ring you gotta get him or the kid from lsu .wit out secondary we dont win we must take the chance wit this kid because with out him we will pick this low again next year even wit cam being better then this year

Posted by: fee nominal panther | Jan 18, 2012 2:09:23 PM

I heard JUSTIN BLACKMON smoked weed and coke and likes strip clubs!!!

Posted by: Scott | Jan 18, 2012 2:14:13 PM

What I learned reading these comments. CPPRO doesn't think much of LT, a guy calling himself Tuscaloosa Tide really Hates a former Auburn QB (Who would have thought?) and that most NFL teams and fans really don't care if a player smokes a little weed as long as he can play.

Posted by: Lee | Jan 18, 2012 2:19:53 PM

tuscaloosa tide - I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it was Cam's father, not Cam, who tried the pay for play scam. Additionally, a nearly year-long investigation by the NCAA revealed neither Cam nor Auburn did anything improper. C'mon, man, you have 2 national titles to our 1 in the last 3 years. Isn't all this hatred of Cam a waste of energy? In addition to being full of misinformation, your post is also full of spelling and grammar errors. When you learn to reason and type like an adult, come back and we'll debate.

As for Kirkpatrick, I agree that if it's only 1 case of being busted with the tree, I don't care. Robert Parish was a pot head his entire NBA career. He's still a Hall of Famer.

I don't get the obsession with the tree anyway. At least steroids give you a competitive advantage. How does lowering your IQ & self-awareness, and a compulsion to melt into the couch and crush Little Debbie cakes give you a competitive edge?

Posted by: J | Jan 18, 2012 2:33:39 PM

It didn't stop JJ Reddick from being looked over in the NBA draft?

Posted by: Coach K | Jan 18, 2012 2:39:12 PM

I hope Blackmon falls to us. Kid is a beast. Despite what happened in the BCS NCG, I'd prefer Claiborne or the Honey Badger over Kirkpatrick, if we're picking DBs. Draft someone else and cross our fingers for Mathieu next year.

Posted by: Curry | Jan 18, 2012 2:42:21 PM

Reddick went 11th, didn't he? That's a mere 20-25 picks too soon, so hardly overlooked...

Posted by: Jones | Jan 18, 2012 2:44:07 PM

Must be the second hand smoke being with JJ. Meant it didn't hurt his draft status. Thank you for the correction.

Posted by: Coach K | Jan 18, 2012 2:49:39 PM


Posted by: Nick | Jan 18, 2012 2:53:30 PM

Yes, I hope this Pot Charge hurts Kirkpatrick's draft status...so the Panthers can take him at #8. Simply do you due diligence, as you did with Cam. and the Cats will have themselves one awesome CB.

Posted by: Bill Polian | Jan 18, 2012 3:04:49 PM

If the Panthers take Kirkpatrick it just shows their true hypocrite colors, after cutting Wilson during the season before he had even been to trial for a charge exactly like this.

Of course Joe didn't think to mention that in his nose of brown article here...

Posted by: Ron | Jan 18, 2012 3:15:26 PM

@Scott, hhaha. Maybe if we keep telling people that he will drop to us and we can take him!

Posted by: Panthers 24 | Jan 18, 2012 3:16:10 PM

Mathieu is a nasty athlete, but he is only 5'6. He won't play corner in the NFL

Posted by: Panthers 24 | Jan 18, 2012 3:31:21 PM

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