2017 NFL DRAFT

Christian Kirksey, OLB

School: Iowa  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 233 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
141134-5
Career Notes
Scored third defensive touchdown of career with 52-yard fumble return vs. Northern Illinois... 308 career tackles ranks 17th in career stops... one of three defensive players in school history with three defensive touchdowns... tied for fifth in the Big Ten with two recovered fumbles... tied for ninth in the Big Ten in tackles per game (8.1)... tied for first in the Big Ten and second in the nation with four recovered fumbles in 2012... one of eight players in the nation with two interception returns for touchdowns in 2012... 68-yard interception return in win over Minnesota in 2012 ranks as 12th longest in school history... ranked seventh in the Big Ten in tackles per game (8.5) in 2011... one of six seniors named to 2013 Leadership Group... one of nine true freshman to see action in 2010.
2013 Season
Named to Butkus Award preseason Watch List... named to CFPA Defensive Awards preseason Watch List... named preseason fourth team all-Big Ten by Phil Steele... 2013 - listed as first team outside linebacker following spring practice... started at ourside linebacker in 30-27 opening loss to Northern Illinois... led team with 14 tackles vs. NIU, including six solo stops and eight assists... scored third career touchdown with 52-yard fumble return in the first quarter, after he also caused and recovered the fumble... started at outside linebacker in 28-14 win over Missouri State as defense allowed just 197 yards total offense... recorded one solo tackle and two assists vs. Missouri State, along with one QB pressure... started at outside linebacker in 27-21 win at Iowa State as defense allowed just 59 net rushing yards... led team with 11 tackles at ISU, including five solo stops and six assists... started at outside linebacker in 59-3 win over Western Michigan, recording one solo tackle, one assist and three QB pressures as defense allowed just 209 yards total offense... started at outside linebacker in 23-7 win at Minnesota as defense allowed just 165 yards total offense and 30 net rushing yards... recorded two solo tackles and three assists at Minnesota, along with first interception of the season... started at outside linebacker in 26-14 loss to Michigan State, recording three solo tackles and four assists.Started at outside linebacker in 34-24 loss at Ohio State, recording five solo tackles and two assists... started at outside linebacker in 17-10 OT win over Northwestern... led team with 12 tackles vs. Northwestern, including four solo stops and eight assists... started at outside linebacker in 28-9 loss to Wisconsin...recorded 11 tackles vs. Badgers, including five solo tackles and six assists, along with a shared tackle for loss and two QB pressures... started at outside linebacker in 38-14 win at Purdue as defense allowed just 53 net rushing yards... led team with eight tackles at Purdue, including seven solo stops, along with a recovered fumble, his second of the season... started at outside linebacker in 24-21 win over Michigan as defense allowed just 60 net rushing yards and 158 yards total offense... recorded six assisted tackles vs. Michigan, including a shared QB sack... started at outside linebacker in 38-17 win at Nebraska as defense allowed just 89 net rushing yards... led team with 11 tackles at Nebraska, including four solo stops and seven assists... also had three tackles for loss, one QB sack, one forced fumble that led to an Iowa touchdown, one pass break-up and a QB pressure.
2012 Season
Started all 12 games in 2012 and has started 25 consecutive games over two years ... recorded 95 tackles, including 42 solo stops and 53 assists ... also had 3.5 tackles for loss and two QB sacks ... returned two interceptions for touchdowns, had four recovered fumbles, two pass break-ups and one forced fumble ... started at outside linebacker in 18-17 win over Northern Illinois, recording one solo tackle and two assists ... started at outside linebacker in 9-6 loss to Iowa State ... recorded two solo stops and seven assists vs. ISU, including one tackle for loss and one QB pressure ... started at outside linebacker in 27-16 win over Northern Iowa, recording two solo tackles and two assists ... started at outside linebacker in 32-31 loss to Central Michigan ... collected nine tackles vs. CMU, including three solo stops, six assists and a shared tackle for loss ... started at outside linebacker in 31-13 win over Minnesota as defense allowed just 299 yards total offense and collected four turnovers ... scored first touchdown of career with 68-yard interception return vs. Minnesota ... also collected three solo tackles, two assists and recovered a fumble ... started at outside linebacker in 19-16 win at Michigan State.Recorded seven tackles at MSU, including three solo stops, four assists and a QB sack ... forced a fumble on his QB sack and also had a pass break-up vs. MSU ... started at outside linebacker in 38-14 loss to Penn State ... led team with 12 tackles vs. PSU, including six solo stops and six assists ... also had a fumble return of 45 yards vs. PSU ... started at outside linebacker in 28-17 loss at Northwestern ... led team with nine tackles at Northwestern, including five solo stops and four assists ... started at outside linebacker in 24-21 loss at Indiana ... recorded eight tackles at Indiana, including six solo stops and two assists ... also had a interception return for an 18 yard touchdown in the first quarter and recovered an Indiana fumble in the red zone in the fourth quarter ... started at outside linebacker in 27-24 loss to Purdue ... recorded 10 tackles vs. Purdue, including three solo stops and seven assists, while also collecting one fumble and a pass break-up ... started at weakside linebacker in 42-17 loss at Michigan ... recorded eight tackles at Michigan, including four solo stops and four assists ... started at outside linebacker in 13-7 loss to Nebraska ... recorded 11 tackles vs. Nebraska, including four solo stops and seven assists, including one tackle for loss.
2011 Season
Started all 13 games, including first seven at weakside linebacker and final six at outside position ... recorded 62 solo tackles and 48 assists to share team lead for the season ... also had five tackles for loss, one QB sack, one interception, three pass break-ups and two forced fumbles ... started at weakside linebacker in 34-7 opening win over Tennessee Tech ... recorded career-best 10 tackles in opening game, including six solo stops ... started at weakside linebacker in triple-overtime loss at Iowa State ... led team with 13 tackles at ISU, including 11 solo stops ... also had two tackles for loss, a QB sack and pass break-up, along with first caused and recovered fumble, on the same play ... started at weakside linebacker in 31-27 win over Pittsburgh, while also playing portions of the contest at outside linebacker ... recorded three solo tackles and five assists vs. Pitt ... started at weakside linebacker in 45-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe as defense allowed just 59 net rushing yards ... recorded four solo tackles and four assists vs. ULM ... started at weakside linebacker in 13-3 loss at Penn State ... recorded six solo tackles and four assists at PSU, along with second forced fumble of the season ... started at weakside linebacker in 41-31 win over Northwestern, recording five solo tackles and four assists.Started at weakside linebacker in 45-24 win over Indiana ... led team with 12 tackles in win over Hoosiers, including seven solo stops, and also had one pass break-up ... started at outside linebacker in 22-21 loss at Minnesota ... recorded six tackles at Minnesota, including three solo stops and one tackle for loss ... started at outside linebacker in 24-16 win over 13th-ranked Michigan ... recorded five tackles vs. Wolverines, including two solo stops ... also had first career interception, stopping a Michigan drive in the red zone ... started at outside linebacker in 37-21 loss to Michigan State ... recorded team-high nine tackles vs. MSU, including five solo stops and one tackle for loss ... started at outside linebacker in 31-21 win at Purdue, recording one solo tackle, two asissts and a pass break-up as defense allowed just 282 yards total offense ... started at outside linebacker in 20-7 loss at Nebraska, recording three solo tackles and career-best seven assists ... started at outside linebacker in Insight Bowl loss to Oklahoma, recording six solo stops, one assist and one tackle for loss as defense allowed just 275 yards total offense.
2010 Season
Saw action in 11 games, recording six assisted tackles ... saw action in 37-7 opening win over Eastern Illinois, recording one assisted tackle ... saw action in 35-7 win over Iowa State, but had no statistics ... saw action in 34-27 loss at Arizona, but had no statistics ... saw action in 45-0 win over Ball State, recording one assisted tackle as defense allowed just 112 yards total offense ... did not see action in 24-3 win over Penn State ... saw action in 38-28 win at Michigan, recording one assisted tackle ... saw action in 31-30 loss to Wisconsin, recording one assisted tackle ... saw action in 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State, but had no statistics ... saw action in 18-13 win at Indiana, recording one assisted tackle as defense allowed just 91 net rushing yards ... saw action in 21-17 loss at Northwestern, but had no statistics ... saw action in 20-17 loss to Ohio State, recording one assisted tackle ... saw action in 27-24 loss at Minnesota, but had no statistics ... did not see action in 27-24 Insight Bowl victory over 12th-ranked Missouri due to injury.
High School
Named Missouri all-American while earning first team all-state honors as a senior ... was first team all-conference as a senior after earning honorable mention recognition as a junior ... earned second team all-Metro honors in St. Louis area ... Career - - two-year letterman as linebacker and fullback ... collected 163 tackles as a senior, with nine tackles for loss, three QB sacks, two interceptions and one touchdown ... recorded 89 tackles as a junior, with three tackles for loss, one interception and a QB sack ... team captain as a senior ... team won state championship in junior season and returned to playoffs the following year ... also lettered in track, helping team win state championship as a junior.
Personal
Born 8/31/92 ... leisure studies major ... member of prep Honor Roll ... parents are Patrice and Elmer Kirksey ... high school coach was Mike Jones.
 
 
Player News
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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