Bengals draft CB Dre Kirkpatrick at No. 17

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wasn't creating a smokescreen when he hinted that the team was going to address defense in the first round.

The Bengals selected Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick with the 17th overall pick. I would've gone with Stanford's David DeCastro, the best guard in the draft, but I understand the reasoning.

Cincinnati went for the draft's third-best corner in Kirkpatrick because DeCastro and Georgia's Cordy Glenn are still on the board. With how the draft is unfolding, the Bengals could get one of them with the 21st overall pick.

Kirkpatrick is an aggressive and confident cover man who has proven himself against top competition. The reason why he lasted into the bottom half of the first round is he lacks elite speed.