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#CFBTop25: No. 21, Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

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Texas A&M's Christian Kirk burst onto the scene as a playmaker during his freshman year in 2015, and he enters this season as the Aggies' biggest star after solidifying his standing as a versatile weapon in 2016.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior led the SEC with 83 catches last season, becoming the first Texas A&M player to make 80 or more catches in consecutive seasons. He's also the NCAA's active leader in career punt return average (23.1) and punt returns for touchdowns (he's taken back five of the 27 punts he's fielded for scores).

Kirk projects as a slot receiver at the next level and could do plenty of damage in the role given the potential he's shown in his first two seasons.

CFB 24/7 is marking the days to the start of the 2017 season by counting down the top 25 players in college football.

Pulling back the curtain on the vote

Kirk received votes from four of seven CFB 24/7 experts, with a high of No. 11 in one analyst's rankings. Only one receiver is ahead of him in the #CFBTop25 countdown. He also has the attention of selection committees for CFB awards, as he was selected to the watch lists for the Maxwell (top player) Biletnikoff (top WR) and Hornung (most versatile player) awards.

What some of our analysts are saying about Kirk

"Kirk is a dynamic playmaker and he plays faster with the ball in his hands. He's built like a running back and he's tough to bring down in space." -- Daniel Jeremiah

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"Gritty 'chain mover' with a polished game, strong hands and dynamic running skills. As a refined route runner capable of winning with speed, quickness or deception, Kirk is the prototypical slot receiver who routinely snags 100-plus passes in the league." -- Bucky Brooks

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"Can fly, and has carried himself like a No. 1 receiver from his first snap as a frosh at A&M." -- Charles Davis

Where do fans rank Kirk?

We asked Twitter users who they considered the best player in college football. Kirk didn't receive a vote, which is a bit surprising given that he's one of the most heralded players at a skill position and plays for a high-profile program.

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