In 2013, as a senior and team captain, he started all 13 games at outside linebacker, finishing third on team with 104 tackles. Matthew Judon – 110, — PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) July 3, 2020. Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan enter 2020 having missed some time last season, but both men are elite tacklers when on the field. Jackson and Clinton-Dix both played significantly more snaps deep as opposed to in the box last year, making it harder for them to make plays closer to the line of scrimmage.

True Contract: 96.55% of Top 5 APY at Right Tackle – $14 million per year Cleveland Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey (58) celebrates during an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Cleveland. Snapshots of newly-signed Green Bay Packers LB Christian Kirksey. PFF Contract Projection: 42.39% of Top 5 APY at CB – $7.25 million per year. ", "NFL Player stats: Christian Kirksey (2016)", "Browns sign Christian Kirksey to four-year extension", "Report: Browns moving Christian Kirksey to OLB", "NFL Player stats: Christian Kirksey (2017)", "By the Numbers: Baker Mayfield clears the 300-mark in Browns win", "Browns' Christian Kirksey: Grabs first interception Sunday", "Christian Kirksey, Jarvis Landry earn Browns player of the game vs.

Sunday, June 17, 2018. [15], He made his professional regular season debut in the Cleveland Browns' season-opener at the Pittsburgh Steelers and recorded one solo tackle and made his first career sack on Ben Roethlisberger during their 30–27 loss. [27] He finished the season with 136 combined tackles (86 solo), five pass deflections, and 3.5 sacks in 16 games and 16 starts.

Most solo tackles since 2017 (edge defenders): Khalil Mack – 119 To replicate that production is a huge ask for the “Smith Brothers,” considering that these numbers reached career-highs by far for both players.

After rotating behind veteran Craig Robertson for two seasons, Kirksey moved into a full-time starting role during his third NFL season after Robertson departed in free agency. [31] On November 7, he was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. [28], On October 7, 2018, Kirksey recorded a season-high 12 tackles against the Baltimore Ravens. Kirksey, a third-round pick of the Browns in 2014, played two years (2014-15) under Pettine, then the head coach in Cleveland. Free Agent profile for LB Christian Kirksey. With the help of PFF contract projections, we forecasted every deal this offseason, and we've taken a second look here at some that made us look smart and some where we look to be wrong so far. One of the more interesting names for IDP heading into 2020 is Ifeadi Odenigbo, who has found his way into a starting role on this Vikings’ defense following the loss of Everson Griffen to free agency. McGovern took a big step forward in 2019, earning a 72.0 overall grade and an 82.5 pass-blocking grade, making him a top-10 center per PFF WAR in 2019.

Kirksey carries his father's legacy with him on the field.
Walker’s 84 solo tackles were eye-catching for IDP owners last year, creating high expectations for 2020 and helping land him as a top 10 DB in our rankings.

Kirksey is expected to replace Blake Martinez, who signed a new deal with the New York Giants, as the Packers’ top inside linebacker. “Just going through the medical part of it, and talking to our people, they didn’t think it was anything long term, and he’s never been a guy that’s been injury prone.

He also had five tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, two recovered fumbles and two forced fumbles, one interception and one pass break-up. He ripped an interception away from Robinson without even turning back to look at the throw — just a pure instincts play. Unlock NFL Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft, Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS, most improved pass-rushing units this offseason, NFL’s best cornerback trios ahead of the 2020 NFL season, best safety tandems ahead of the 2020 NFL season. Flowers has played more than 700 snaps in each of the last three seasons and is expected to continue that pace in 2020. Kirksey is coming off surgery on a torn pectoral tendon he suffered last season in Week 2 against the New York Jets. Tracy Walker was the Lions’ leading tackler last season despite missing three games due to injury — 2019 ended up being a coming-out party for Walker who had played minimal snaps his rookie season before being thrust into a starting role last year. With Amos likely to continue in a similar role — and his safety partner Darnell Savage likely to remain playing deep — Amos will be the top DB target out of Green Bay again this season. LB Christian Kirksey, Green Bay Packers. Another challenge in evaluating NFL cornerback play is, of course, presented when Bradberry spent his time in the NFC South and saw Julio Jones, Mike Evans and Michael Thomas twice a year.
Conklin and first-round pick Jedrick Wills could be the tackle tandem in Cleveland for years to come. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. On June 5, 2014, the Cleveland Browns signed Kirksey to a four-year, $3.04 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $662,500. Not to be confused with the Dallas Cowboys‘ offensive lineman of the same name, the Jets’ Connor McGovern was a fifth-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2016 where he started the previous two seasons. Cleveland Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey (58) drops into coverage during the game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, Cleveland. 3 on Solomon Wilcots’ list of the NFL’s best cornerback trios ahead of the 2020 NFL season. After a not-so-great outing from Blake Martinez, the Packers’ starting MLB for three seasons, Green Bay decided to move on and look for a cheaper option. The Raiders have now allowed 491 rushing yards through three weeks, 28th in the NFL, and they rank 29th in the NFL with 3.4 yards after contact per rushing attempt.

True Contract: 75.32% of Top 5 APY at LB – $11.75 million per year During the game, Kirksey led the team with 12 tackles (6 solo) in the 43–34 win. The youngest of seven children to Elmer and Patrice Kirksey, Christian played drums and sang in the choir of his father's church in St. Louis, Mo., since he was seven. Important to note in regards to Harmon — he has played the free safety role for the majority of his NFL career, so it’s difficult to expect him to come in and automatically be considered the box safety vs. Walker’s deep safety. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. [9] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Kirksey was projected to be a fourth or fifth round pick by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts. “We’re not just bringing a really good player into the room, but this is a guy that has great leadership ability,” Pettine said. In Week 2 against the Detroit Lions, Kirksey recorded another 12 tackles during the 42–21 win. Cleveland Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey (58) runs in pursuit during an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Cleveland. Jack Conklin was the eighth-overall pick of the Tennessee Titans in the 2016 NFL Draft but battled with some injuries in his young career that led to the Titans declining his 2020 fifth-year option following the 2018 season. Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Christian Kirksey (58) during an NFL regular season game against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 in Houston. As a junior in 2012, he was named a team captain. However, Kirksey played all 64 possible games during his first four NFL seasons and was healthy throughout his four years at Iowa.

Kirksey underwent surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle he suffered during the Week 2 game vs. the Jets. Our data provider is having technical issues, live scoring and stats are impacted. [13], Throughout training camp, Kirksey competed against Craig Robertson for the job as the starting right inside linebacker. Buccaneers", "Browns LB Kirksey, CB Gaines placed on IR", "Browns place LB Christian Kirksey on injured reserve, elevate LB Willie Harvey to active roster", "Browns release veteran LB Christian Kirksey", "Packers sign LB Christian Kirksey and T Rick Wagner", "Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings - September 13th, 2020", "Jones' big day helps Packers beat Lions 42-21 in home opener", "Packers place LB Christian Kirksey and WR Allen Lazard on injured reserve", The Titans have an adorably tiny player in Madden '15,, African-American players of American football, Players of American football from Missouri, Articles with dead external links from July 2020, Articles with permanently dead external links, Green Bay Packers currentteam parameter articles, Infobox NFL biography articles missing alt text, Articles using sports links with data from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 October 2020, at 04:49.

The following week, he earned the first start of his career against the New Orleans Saints, after starting right outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo was unable to play due to a shoulder injury. As a true freshman in 2010, he played in 10 games, primarily on special teams, recording six total tackles. His strong tackle production and consistent sack numbers should once again land him among the top 20 edge rushers in the NFL. McGovern’s pressure percentage is 8.7%, a bottom 20 mark across all offensive linemen in the NFL. Kirksey enrolled at the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the Iowa Hawkeyes football team from 2010 to 2013.

The Giants had to hit on Bradberry with their 2019 first-round pick cornerback Deandre Baker pursuing a different career path, and so far GM Dave Gettleman’s reunion with the cornerback he drafted in Carolina back in 2016 is off to a great start. [18] Pro Football Focus gave Kirksey an overall grade of 59.6, ranking 52nd among all qualified linebackers in 2017. Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Christian Kirksey (58) before an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Christian Kirksey (58) tackles Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) during the second half in an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Cleveland. Oren Burks, their third-round pick in 2018, looked solid in relief Sunday night but only logged 13 total snaps; more quality coverage snaps from him could go a long way.

Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Christian Kirksey (58) before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. Mark LoMoglio, AP 20 / 32 Buccaneers' defense a marquee matchup, Preparations for Tampa and the Buccaneers are underway, Fourth-year running back had a career-high 95 receiving yards vs. Atlanta, Meditation, sharpened focus have led to Packers cornerback's strong start, That side of the ball a work in progress showing positive signs, Key comments from the Packers' coordinators. The Vikings were third in the NFL last season when it came to tackles from cornerbacks, with Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander and Mike Hughes leading the way.

His 84.1 coverage grade ranks third among all cornerbacks with at least 50 snaps in 2020. Now she could face up to 6 months in jail, More Than 70% of Shoppers Have This Food Fear About Coronavirus. [16] He went on to finish the game with four combined tackles as the Browns won 26–24. Kirksey graded out below 50.0 overall in Weeks 1 and 2 and sustained a shoulder injury in the Saints game that limited him to just 17 snaps.

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