Continuing our look at draft prospects to keep an eye on, we stay in the state of Texas to examine the reasons the Cowboys might be interested in Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk. Kirk is a popular among those who live in Texas and follow Aggies football. He fits the NFL Draft trend at the skill position and the Dallas Cowboys like receivers from the South.
College: Texas A&M
Fr: 13 Games, 80 Rec, 1009 Yards, 12.6 Avg, 7 TDs
So: 13 Games, 83 Rec, 928 Yards, 11.2 Avg, 9 TDs
Jr: 13 Games, 66 Rec, 859 Yards, 13.0 Avg, 10 TDs
Total: 38 Games, 229 Rec, 2796 Yards, 12.3 Avg, 26 TDs
Kirk’s contributions suffered a bit this past season as far as total yards accounted for in the Aggie’s offense but he provided one more touchdown than the previous season and more yards per reception.
Kirk was also a big part of the special teams as a return man. In three seasons, he returned 44 kickoffs for an average of 21.3 and one touchdown. As a punt returner, Kirk returned 37 kicks for 22 yards per attempt and another six scores to bring his total touchdowns to 33.
Kirk can help in returns but with Ryan Switzer manning both positions, I am not sure the Cowboys look for Kirk to do much more than situational returning if Switzer received more snaps on offense.
Christian Kirk isn’t likely to blow up the numbers at the NFL Combine, but he can be a weapon using his quickness to create some separation for Dak Prescott. He will win against slot corners in the NFL with his clean route running, getting in and out of breaks quickly and cleanly. Kirk is great at catching with his hands and will finish given the opportunity.
The Cowboys could use this particular play when getting Prescott on the edges, one of his best attributes. Kirk shows the ability to make catches with his hands without letting the ball get into his body and disrupting his stride. This gives him and the team the best opportunity to go for the throat on offense.
Unlike other receivers such as James Washington, Kirk does not have much length and doesn’t attack the ball in the air. His offensive impact was due to the offensive plan and less about sheer athletic ability. Kirk will likely be a day two option for the Dallas Cowboys should they still need a receiver.
The only hindrance for Kirk will be Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer being ahead of him but still a viable option should the Cowboys look for a slot impact rather than on the outside. He can play outside, it just wouldn’t compliment his play style well.
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