Christian Kirk is one of the top wide receivers in the 2018 NFL Draft and should be a highly sought-after prospect come draft day.
One of the most productive wide receivers in Texas A&M history, Christian Kirk ranks second in receptions (234), third in receiving yards (2,856), and third in receiving touchdowns (26). He started his career off as an Aggie in big-time fashion, ranking first in yards, touchdowns, and receptions as a freshman.
As a sophomore, Kirk led the entire SEC in receptions (83) and FBS with three punt returns for touchdowns. He earned third-team AP All-American honors and was first team All-SEC in three different positions.
As a Junior, Kirk continued his dominating streak with 919 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns along with two special teams touchdowns. He earned first team All-American honors and was second-team All-SEC.
Weight: 200 lbs
Physically gifted, Kirk possesses a solid, strong frame that is unique for a slot receiver. Really good athlete who plays with really good burst and explosiveness. Accelerates in-and-out of his routes and consistently angles away from coverages. He’s a fast player (4.47 40 time) but is also quick-twitch and sudden.
Does a nice job adjusting to throws. Plays with a highly competitive nature. Isn’t afraid to take a hit in order to make a play on the ball. Strong, reliable hands. Smart and mentally tough, Kirk showed an understanding of different coverages and did a nice job finding the soft spots. Highly productive player. Can play as a returner on special teams. It also helps when you have the praise of two of the top defensive backs in the draft (as seen below).
Kirk doesn’t do as well against press coverages, struggling to fight off the defender and gain separation. When running underneath routes, too often allowed the defender to crowd him. Doesn’t play as strong as he looks. An extensive route-tree may have helped overshadow some of his deficiencies. Tight hips show a slight lack of bend and flexibility.
Christian Kirk is one of the top receivers prospects in this class and for good reason. While he can play all over the field, Kirk will make his money in the slot and on special teams. His reliable hands should see plenty of work and his competitive attitude will make him a favorite of coaches and teammates.
While his production will likely be determined by fit and scheme, Kirk has the chance to be an instant-impact addition in the right system.
Teams needing a receiver will likely discuss his name starting in the first round.