2018 Cardinals Draft Profile
Name: Christian Kirk
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Texas A&M
Weight: 200 lbs
Projected: 2nd-3rd round
Christian Kirk is a junior wide receiver out of Texas A&M. He was a 2017 preseason All-American at both receiver and punt returner. He was named 2017 first team All-SEC as an all-purpose player and return specialist in addition to a second team All-SEC at wide receiver. The Arizona native started all three years for the Aggies and finished his career with 234 receptions for 2,856 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Kirk is a playmaking wide receiver. He may not have the ideal size or sprinter speed, but he was a productive college player in the always tough SEC. He is best used in the slot or in motion and excels in underneath routes where he can catch the football and make moves downfield. The Cardinals are in need of playmakers on offense. If available in the second or third round, Arizona would be wise to scoop up the hometown receiver.
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Muscular build with amazing quickness. Gets off the line well against press coverage. Has the ability to avoid contact when running underneath. Excellent hands and able to secure low passes with ease. Finds the soft spots in zone coverage. Will add immediate help in return game. High motor and competitiveness with and without the football. Fights for extra yards. Great underneath and on routes with quick changes of direction. Moves quickly out of breaks
Despite a good 40 time at the combine, film shows he is more quick than fast. Will need to learn to use strength to get free on underneath routes. Trail coverage causes issues downfield due to lack of length. Will need to get better burst into routes to get separation. Will need to be used primarily in the slot which limits versatility on offense.