- 6-foot-1, 186 pounds
2016 stats (in 15 games with the Cincinnati Bengals):
- 46 total tackles
- 3 interceptions, 10 pass breakups
Selected by the Bengals in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Zimmer is very familiar with Kirkpatrick’s abilities as the Minnesota head coach was Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator for the cornerback’s first two seasons in the league.
He did not play much when Zimmer was in town (only three starts), but Kirkpatrick has been the Bengals’ starting corner for the past two seasons. He has been solid during his time as a starter and in 2016 he allowed the eighth lowest yards per cover snap in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus.
Cincinnati is probably going to do their best to re-sign the former first-round pick, so his price tag may end up being a bit too high for the Vikings to land him. Especially since Xavier Rhodes is going to be in need of some big-time money in the near future.