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Bengals ink first-round pick Kirkpatrick

The Cincinnati Bengals announced Friday the signing of 2012 first-round selection Dre Kirkpatrick.

The cornerback from Alabama, and 17th overall selection of this year’s draft, agreed to a four-year deal with a team option for the fifth year.

According to Geoff Hobson of, this is the first time since 2003 that the Bengals top selection was under contract before the veterans report for offseason voluntary workouts.

Kirkpatrick is the sixth of 10 Bengals selections to sign, joining Devon Still, Orson Charles, Marvin Jones, Shaun Prater and George Iloka.

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