Photo of Christian Kirksey
Drafted By: Browns
  • Round 3
  • Pick 7
  • Overall 71

Combine Results

Grade
5.24 ?
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"The Browns got a plan and they are not deviating from it. I think Kirksey can play inside or outside, and he'll play inside for the Browns. This is another good, solid pick for the Browns." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'2" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 233LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Linebacker-fullback who won state titles in football and track as a Missouri prep. Saw limited action in 11 games in 2010, scratching six tackles, zero for loss and zero sacks. Did not play against Penn State (concussion) or Missouri in the Insight Bowl (right ankle). Stepped into the lineup in '11, starting all 13 games (first seven at weakside linebacker, final six at "Leo") -- produced 110 tackles, five for loss and a sack with two pass breakups and a forced fumble. Started all 12 at the "Leo" (played the weak side against Michigan) and totaled 95-3.5-2 with two pass breakups, two interception touchdowns and a forced fumble. Started all 13 games at "Leo" in '13 and recorded 104-5-2.5 with a pass breakup, an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble return TD. Team captain. Did not run the 40, shuttles or 3-cone drill at the combine (right hamstring).

Analysis

Strengths

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. Ran extremely well at his pro-day workout, recording superb sub-4.6-second 40-times and a 36-inch vertical jump.

Weaknesses

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. Bench-pressed 225 pounds just 16 times, second-fewest among linebackers at the combine.

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
C
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.

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