Christian Kirksey (OLB), Iowa
6'2" | 233 lbs.
104 tackles, 5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, 2 FF
3rd round, 71st overall (Cleveland Browns)
What the scouts are saying:
"Agile and athletic. Flows to the ball when he has a clear path. Experience in space and over the slot. Has terrific personal and football character, including leadership traits. Two-time captain. ... Undersized — lacks ideal length and bulk. Looks like a safety at first glance. Outmuscled at the point of attack — gets stuck on blocks and covered up. Average eyes and instincts. Needs to be schemed free as a blitzer. Not a playmaker — just 3.5 sacks and 9.5 TFL in three seasons. ... Small-framed, athletic, finesse, run-around Will linebacker who will have to stand out on special teams to earn a reserve spot." (Nolan Narwocki, NFL.com)
"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. ... 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, CBSSports.com)