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Christian Kirksey, OLB

School: Iowa  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 233 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.59--16 3210'2"--

Player Overview

As perhaps the most athletic member of one of the nation's top linebacker trios (James Morris and Anthony Hitchens) in 2013, Kirksey showed significant improvement against the run over what we had seen in previous years, and demonstrated the versatility to play up on the line or in the slot with effectiveness.

Fluid and explosive, Kirksey possesses the range of a safety but maintains physicality and in-the-box instincts required of a next-level linebacker.

He's still a bit inconsistent as a tackler and could stand to add some bulk, particularly to his upper half, but the tools are there for Kirksey to be a versatile difference maker at the next level.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Boasts a lanky, lean frame with long arms and legs, and demonstrates nice fluidity and agility in space. Versatile athlete who was used a lot to cover the slot in nickel coverage, and demonstrated quick hips to turn and run with receivers and tight ends stride for stride.

Explosive first step coming downhill, and uses his length to keep him clean in pursuit. Demonstrates nice physicality when playing up at the line of scrimmage, maintaining active hands and a willingness to engage bigger blockers.

Despite his thinner frame, he uses leverage well with a flexible lower half and good arm extension to hold ground against the run in the trenches. Nice agility moving laterally to either side, and takes good angles to the sidelines against the run. Can stop and start with quickness.

WEAKNESSES: Isn't always disciplined to maintain his gap and will over-pursue at times against the run. Drops his head too often as a tackler, particularly up near the line of scrimmage. Although improved, he can still be off-and-on in terms of run instincts as he appears to diagnose before the snap, at times, while reacting late in others.

--Derek Stephens

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Browns picks: Round 3/71 - Christian Kirksey, LB, 6-2, 233, Iowa...Kirksey can play inside or outside. He is energetic and will likely see most of his action on special teams. He was a strong-side linebacker with the Hawkeyes and made 104 tackles last season. - The Sports Xchange


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