Photo of Denver Kirkland

Combine Results

Grade
5.06 ?
  • 5.55 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 94.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 8.72 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5.06 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 34 5/8" Arm Length
  • 335LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Razorback running backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams received a fair amount of publicity for their efforts the past three years, but Kirkland's power up front helped lead the way for their consistent production. One of the top offensive line recruits in the country coming out of Miami, Kirkland chose the country life in Fayetteville. He was rewarded with eight games at guard and Freshman All-American honors in 2013. He started all 13 games at right guard the following year, and then moved to left tackle in 2015, starting 12 of 13 games played before deciding to leave Arkansas early to become an NFL prospect.


Pro Day Results


Vertical: 23 inches
Broad jump: 8 feet, 2 inches
Short shuttle: 5.33 seconds
3-cone: 8.0 seconds
Bench: 18 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Three-year starter. Massive, hulking frame. Good worker on gap plays climbing up to linebacker and securing the inside shoulder. Uses strong, short punch to the chest. Lands punch squarely and shows enough hand strength to sustain. Not a graceful athlete but able to find the best angles up to the second level. Tough guy willing to play hurt. Offers position and roster flexibility.

Weaknesses

Head dropper as run and pass blocker. Won't always see what he’s aiming at. Serial waist-­bender. Pass pro punch comes with a forward lean tied to it. Can't sink his hips for anchor befitting his size. Doesn't have the skill or athleticism to protect quarterback as a tackle. Top heavy frame an even greater issue with his poor weight displacement. Too content to stalemate rather than win his rep. Won't generate much push as run blocker. Tall and stiff as space blocker.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

Sources Tell Us

"Those issues with waist bending and head ducking are very hard to correct. You can try and work around one of them, but if a guy has both of them then it is a big concern." -- NFC offensive line coach

NFL Comparison

Cyril Richardson

Bottom Line

Despite the massive frame, Kirkland's play lacks a consistency of power due to his waist-­bending and subsequent balance issues. If Kirkland could correct his leaning and balance issues, he might unlock his true power potential at guard, but that may not happen. Kirkland’s size and experience at two positions help his roster chances, but he isn't ready for NFL reps yet.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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