(NEW YORK) — Former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick narrowly avoided having his draft stock take a major hit. A spokesperson for the state attorney’s office for Bradenton, Fla., told ESPN’s Joe Schad that Kirkpatrick will not be prosecuted on a marijuana possession charge.
Kirkpatrick was arrested back on January 17 when he was caught with fewer than 20 grams of marijuana. According to the police report, Kirkpatrick was a passenger in a car that was pulled over by police after the car was driving on the wrong side of the road. A dog had detected the drugs, and police uncovered the marijuana on the floorboard of the passenger side where Kirkpatrick was sitting.
Kirkpatrick is considered one of the top prospects in this year’s NFL draft, and has the potential to be on the of the the top-10 picks. His draft stock may have slipped because the arrest, but Kirkpatrick is still expected to be selected in the first round. In his junior season, Kirkpatrick was a second-team All-American.
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