Photo of Christian Kirksey
5.2 ?
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 233LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands


Started final 38 games of college career. 2013: Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection after starting all 13 games. Returned a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown against Northern Illinois. 2012: Started all 12 games, 11 at outside linebacker and at WILL linebacker against Michigan. Returned two interceptions for touchdowns. 2011: Started all 13 games, seven at WILL linebacker and the final six at outside linebacker. 2010: Played in 11 games, but did not play in Insight Bowl against Missouri due to an injury.



Agile and athletic. Flows to the ball when he has a clear path. Experience in space and over the slot. Has terrific personal and football character, including leadership traits. Two-time captain. Was a 21-year-old senior.


Undersized -- lacks ideal length and bulk. Looks like a safety at first glance. Outmuscled at the point of attack -- gets stuck on blocks and covered up. Average eyes and instincts. Needs to be schemed free as a blitzer. Not a playmaker -- just 3.5 sacks and 9.5 TFL in three seasons.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

Small-framed, athletic, finesse, run-around Will linebacker who will have to stand out on special teams to earn a reserve spot.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.