Wide Receiver #3
5’11”, 200 Junior
Christian Kirk is a dynamic playmaker that is one of the most explosive players in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Strengths: Texas A&M made it a point to include Kirk in their spread offense as often as possible. With freshman quarterback Kellen Mond starting most of the season, Kirk had to elevate his game in order for the Aggies offense to find success early this season.
Through speed sweeps, quick screens, and the vertical passing game, Kirk’s elite speed was on display on a weekly basis during his college career. Kirk was set in motion pre-snap very often to limit contact against his release off of the line of scrimmage. They also seemed to use it to see if he was being covered by man-coverage and when he was, he consistently won one-on-one matchups.
Kirk was also a threat in the return game. His elite speed was consistently a factor every time he took the field. He saw the field extremely well. His vision will translate to the next level.
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Weaknesses: Like stereotypical speedy receivers, it does not take a big hit to bring Kirk down. If he’s caught, he’s probably going to be brought down. He creates his own space by using one thing, his speed. When he was covered well and had to fight for 50/50 balls, he did not consistently bring them in.
Kirk will have to add more to his game than just speed but a good organization could bring him in and use him as a threat early and develop him to be a very dangerous receiver over the course of his career.
Round value: Second
As NFL offenses continue to evolve, Kirk has made it clear that he would be able to compete in one-on-one matchups as soon as he stepped into the next level.
NFL Comparison: TY Hilton
Hilton, a fellow speedster, relied on his down the field prowess early in his career but was brought along as a receiver as he aged. Kirk’s career may start the same way.