Christian Kirk- WR A&M

5-10.4, 201, (U 4.46-4.48) 4.45 SS

9.7" Hand, 20 Reps, 30.3"Arm 

 35.5 Vert, 9'7" Br, 7.09 3-Cone 

Faster Than Imagined.

By TOM

My problem with Kirk is that he seemed to get worse every year. He is a well built Slot guy, but he looked worse every year at A&M. He played with better speed as a freshman. He doesn't play with great speed in the slot. He can get open with quick breaks underneath. He looked like the kind of slot guy BB might like, but his quickness and agility numbers were not great. 

He can get open deep going down the seam sometimes. "As a really young player, he put in the extra time and the extra work with his body to not only get stronger," A&M HC Sumlin said. "But [also] everything with nutrition, flexibility, you name it. What usually takes a lot of college players time, he embraced his physical maintenance early in his career, and approached it really like a pro does." Sounds like a guy Brady would like. 

He might be able to be a Troy Brown type slot guy, but that is his max potential. He has the speed to play outside some. His 3-Cone and Short Shuttle was disappointing for his potential to be a Patriot. He runs excellent patterns. I like the burst out of his breaks. He usually has reliable hands, but he seemed to drop more passes in 2017. I wonder if he was injured last season. 

He is a guy who consistently wants to get better. "He’s always asking how he can get better, he’s always asking what he needs to work on, he’s always asking those questions," Sumlin said. "He’s going to be honest with himself and that’s the sign of a mature player. He’s done that since day one in college, and he’s really prepared himself mentally and physically and emotionally like a pro since he was 17 years old." NFL is more mental than physical, because everybody drafted has the physical tools to play in the NFL. 

He can catch the ball going over the middle while getting punched and slammed to the ground.  He doesn't create a lot of separation in route. He doesn't have elite explosive bursts in break to create top separation. But he can run some quick routes underneath to get enough space to catch the ball. He catches everything thrown to him. His best assets are his hands. 

He can have an impact as a rookie on special teams. "I’m up there at the top, if not the top [WRs in this Draft],” Kirk said. "That’s what I believe. I bring a different aspect to the game. A different dynamic. Being able to play in the slot, play on the outside, special teams and what not. I feel like I can make plays all over the field." He will not fail for want of hard work. 

2015 (Freshman): Record-setting first season at Texas A&M included leading team in receptions (80), receiving yards (1,009), all-purpose yards (1,789), punt return yards (341), kickoff return yards (385) and total touchdowns (8) ... among SEC freshmen, Kirk led the way in receptions (6.2/G), receiving yards (77.6/G), punt return average (24.4), and all-purpose yardage ... in the Texas A&M freshmen record book, Kirk ranks No. 2 in season receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns and he owns the freshman record for all-purpose yards ... had over 200 all-purpose yards in three games, including a season-high 255 vs. Arkansas ... earned Freshman All-America honors from the Sporting News, first-team All-SEC honors (all-purpose) from the Associated Press, SEC Freshman of the Year (coaches) and SEC Newcomer of the Year (AP) ... was a January enrollee at Texas A&M.

He has a great release from the line to get the CB moving backward and bailing earlier than he wants. I just don't see how he goes in the 1st Round. He is a good blocker, who tries hard to help his teammates. He doesn't always show great speed running routes, but he shows his speed in kick returns. He has to show better speed in pattern. He needs a lane to get big yardage on returns. 

He has great hands, and can catch everything thrown to him. "He's a first round pick, in my eyes," former A&M WR Mike Evans said. "No bias there. He can play, man. He can run after the catch, return punts, very versatile, strong build. I think he'll last long in the league. He'll hold up very well with the physicality. Whatever team gets him is getting a rock solid player." He is most likely a Day Two Slot WR. 

He can be a good Redzone target on Outs. I do like his hands. He catches everything. He ran faster at the Combine than I thought he would. He has to learn to use his speed better. He returned punts as well as kicks at A&M. He was a slot receiver at A&M, and I'm not sure how that translates to the NFL.

2017 (Junior): Served as an offensive captain, starting in all 12 games … Named First Team All-SEC as all-purpose and return specialist and tabbed as a Second Team All-SEC wide receiver … racked up 730 receiving yards on 58 catches with seven touchdowns … returned 21 kicks for 480 and a touchdown … returned eight punts for 175 yards and a touchdown … averaged 117.7 all-purpose yards per game … is the only SEC player to return both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown this season … active FBS career leader in punt return average at 22.8 … named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a kickoff for 100 yards against Arkansas … also made five catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in OT against the Razorbacks … hauled in four catches for 120 yards with a touchdown and returned a punt 90 yards for a score against New Mexico … made seven catches for 78 yards and a touchdown at LSU … recorded touchdown receptions against Nicholls, Louisiana and Alabama.

Combine: Christian Kirk- Texas A&M, 5-10.3, 201, 9 7/8" Hands, 30 3/8" Arms, (4.46, 4.48)- I have underrated him. I thought he was way too overrated for my taste. People had him in the top half of the 1st, which was ridiculous. But he will go in the 2nd. He has good speed, but doesn't have the height. 

He is a good returner, who can change a game on returns. Smart kid who runs good routes. He didn't have the speed everyone was bragging about. He was not a 4.3 guy. He is a fast slot guy. He will play inside, but that is much less of a negative now a days. He was top five in Reps at 20. His 4.45 run in the Short Shuttle was not good, but he rebounded with a 7.09 in the 3-Cone. 

Terrific adjustment to the deep ball thrown away from his shoulder. He didn't have a drop in first gauntlet. Caught them all in gauntlet. Smooth catcher on Out routes. Great consistent hands at the Combine. Great character. Great route runner. He has the things that coaches like, and teams need.

Kirk Vs UCLA:

He will line up in the Slot, which is good for him as a player the Pats are interested in. Terrific break inside to create separation in the slot (:05). He might be the top slot guy in this Draft (:17). Terrific feet in pattern (:23). He just knows how to get open in the slot (:41). Why would the Pats be interested in him (:54)? Dynamic, explosive, and effective special teams player on kick returns. 

He played in the slot it seems all game long. That was one of the worst plays I've ever seen (1:05). Hey BB! How do you like me now (1:11). They still fear his deep speed, and his dynamic quicks. Even though he never seems to go deep any more (1:26). Terrific burst inside off the snap to get the CB's inside shoulder. But the offense had the two WRs running patterns into each other (1:54). Nice feet on Out cut (2:05). He can go low and dig the bad throw out of the dirt. He has elite hands. 

Nice inside out move (2:22). He consistently got past the 25 (2:36). Nice one cut inside (2:47). He got the inside shoulder of the CB. Then he burst past him, and kept the speed up. That should have been an easy TD (2:55). But I just don't see him as a 1st. I don't see how anyone can. His production has gone down every year. 

Kirk Vs UCLA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUJJZt4VXDA

Kirk Vs Alabama:

He doesn't get a lot of separation on Fitzpatrick (:01). The coverage is great. But watch this catch. The pass is a little inside. He snagged it with Fitzpatrick tackling and slapping him (:07). Rashaan Evans is a great LB (:12). Nice release off the line. He breaks open quick on the Out (:26). Nice snag high over his head (:49). He created five or six yards of separation on the comeback (:58). Great release. He got the CB thinking deep and cut it off perfectly. 

He was a great deep receiver going down the field as a freshman (1:18). Ronnie Harrison is a great Safety (1:24). He can sustain blocks on the 2nd level (1:44). I like that little hop move. Then he ran by Harrison. He has to be great at catching through contact, because he doesn't create a lot of separation (2:05). He takes Harrison's outside shoulder and slides up field (2:17). He played the ball very well, and Harrison didn't play the ball in the air well. Kirk almost dropped it. 

Very nice feet on the break outside that created some nice separation. Great hands spinning back to the ball thrown terribly to the wrong shoulder (3:10). Just not a good route (3:25). He is a limited WR. I don't see him as a Day One or Two pick. 

Kirk Vs Alabama:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzEs32nv7ws

Kirk Christian Bio:

2017 First Team All-SEC (A-P, RS)
2017 Second Team All-SEC (WR)
2017 preseason All-American (WR, PR)
2016 third-team All-American (A-P) by the Associated Press
2016 first-team All-SEC pick at three different positions (A-P, WR, RS) 
Led the nation with three punt return TDs and led the SEC with 83 receptions
First Aggie to post two punt return TDs in a game with a pair vs. New Mexico State in 2016
First Aggie to ever post 80-plus catches in consecutive seasons (‘15 & ‘16)
NCAA’s career active leader in punt return average (22.8) and punt return touchdowns (6)

2017 (Junior): Served as an offensive captain, starting in all 12 games … Named First Team All-SEC as all-purpose and return specialist and tabbed as a Second Team All-SEC wide receiver … racked up 730 receiving yards on 58 catches with seven touchdowns … returned 21 kicks for 480 and a touchdown … returned eight punts for 175 yards and a touchdown … averaged 117.7 all-purpose yards per game … is the only SEC player to return both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown this season … active FBS career leader in punt return average at 22.8 … named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a kickoff for 100 yards against Arkansas … also made five catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in OT against the Razorbacks … hauled in four catches for 120 yards with a touchdown and returned a punt 90 yards for a score against New Mexico … made seven catches for 78 yards and a touchdown at LSU … recorded touchdown receptions against Nicholls, Louisiana and Alabama. 

2016 (sophomore): Hauled in an SEC-leading 83 passes (for 928 yards and nine touchdowns) in his sophomore season ... led the nation with three punt return touchdowns ... averaged 21.7 yards on 13 punt returns, which would have led the SEC and the NCAA FBS if he had the requisite 1.2 returns per game ... named third-team All-American by the AP ... picked first-team All-SEC at three different positions ... his 12 total touchdowns (9 receiving, 3 punt returns) led the team ... finished the season with a team-high 1,418 all-purpose yards ... took two punts to the house against New Mexico State, an A&M record, and added a touchdown grab in the game... had three 100 yard receiving games, including a season-high 144 against Mississippi State ... also posted 237 all-purpose yards against the Bulldogs ... caught a career-high 12 passes against South Carolina ... posted his second 200+ all-purpose game with 227 against LSU to go along with two touchdown grabs.

2015 (Freshman): Record-setting first season at Texas A&M included leading team in receptions (80), receiving yards (1,009), all-purpose yards (1,789), punt return yards (341), kickoff return yards (385) and total touchdowns (8) ... among SEC freshmen, Kirk led the way in receptions (6.2/G), receiving yards (77.6/G), punt return average (24.4), and all-purpose yardage ... in the Texas A&M freshmen record book, Kirk ranks No. 2 in season receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns and he owns the freshman record for all-purpose yards ... had over 200 all-purpose yards in three games, including a season-high 255 vs. Arkansas ... earned Freshman All-America honors from the Sporting News, first-team All-SEC honors (all-purpose) from the Associated Press, SEC Freshman of the Year (coaches) and SEC Newcomer of the Year (AP) ... was a January enrollee at Texas A&M.

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