CHRISTIAN KIRK

Texas A&M
WR

Prospect Info

College
Texas A&M
Hometown
Class
Scottsdale, AZ
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
200 lbs
30 3/8”
Hands
9 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.83
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.47
Seconds
 
Bench Press
20
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
115.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.09
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.45
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
12.03
Seconds
 
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One of the top receivers in his recruiting class, Kirk decided to roll with Texas A&M over home-state Arizona State, and many others. He accounted for over 3,000 all-purpose yards and 40 touchdowns on offense (he had two on interceptions and two on returns as well) as a senior. It didn't take him long to make an impact on campus, as he led the Aggies with 80 receptions, 1,009 receiving yards, and eight total touchdowns, as well as being their top returner (385 kickoff return yards, 24.4 average on punt returns, two touchdowns). Kirk's combination of a sturdy running back frame, excellent open-field agility, and toughness with the ball in his hands made him a 2016 third-team Associated Press All-American and three-way first-team All-SEC (all-purpose, receiver, return specialist). He started 12 of 13 games as a sophomore, leading the SEC with 83 receptions for 928 yards and nine scores (along with eight rushes for 35 yards). Kirk also led the FBS with three punt return touchdowns (21.7-yard average) on the year. He earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2017, starting all 13 games and leading the Aggies with 71 receptions for 919 yards and 10 touchdowns (including 13 receptions, 189 yards, 3 TD vs Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl). Kirk also received first-team All-American notice by returning eight punts for 175 yards and one touchdown, as well as 21 kickoffs for 480 yards and a score.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 2-3
NFL Comparison
Sterling Shepard
Overview
Kirk is a well-built, mentally tough slot target whose game is built around pace more than explosiveness. His lack of speed and length make him less likely to impact games down the field, but his footwork, route tempo and hands should give him an opportunity to find catches underneath. Kirk's ability to help in the return game is a plus, but the difference between average and good as a receiver could depend on finding the right fit.
Strengths
  • Well built with good overall strength in upper and lower body
  • Takes optimal release angles against press
  • Adjusts in space to avoid redirects and contact
  • Plays with consistent tempo and good suddenness
  • Quick in and out of breaks with sharp turns
  • Impressive on whip routes
  • Scouts like his mental makeup and desire to compete
  • Able to dip and scoop the low throws
  • Plays with strong, natural hands as pass-catcher
  • Sinks into space against zone and does a good job of protecting the catch
  • Decisive and competitive once ball in his hands
  • Offers both kick and punt return value
Weaknesses
  • Doesn't show desired burst into routes to gain separation
  • Quicker than fast
  • Has below average catch radius
  • Generally needs throws near his frame
  • Hindered by trail coverage down the field due to lack of length
  • Needs to use strength to combat tight coverage underneath rather than allowing defender to crowd him
  • Benefitted from variety of rub routes that got him wide open
  • Needs to play with better knee bend
  • Made some questionable decisions to field the ball as punt returner
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GRADE
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