Christian Kirksey
Christian Kirksey
26-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Cleveland Browns
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Christian Kirksey in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a four-year, $38 million contract with the Browns in May of 2017.
Looking healthy
LBCleveland Browns
June 5, 2019
Kirksey (hamstring) is participating in the Browns' mandatory minicamp, Ben Axelrod of WKYC Channel 3 Cleveland reports.
ANALYSIS
It's not clear how involved Kirksey was in prior offseason workouts coming off a 2018 campaign that was cut short after seven games due to a hamstring injury. The 26-year-old was back working with the first-team defense alongside linebackers Joe Schobert and Adarius Taylor during practice this week. After two seasons in which he posted at least 138 tackles, Kirksey was only on pace for 98 stops before going down in 2018. A healthy Kirksey could be in store for quite the rebound playing behind a ferocious Browns defensive line that added Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon this offseason.
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2018 Christian Kirksey Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Christian Kirksey's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
235 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.72 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
 
Broad Jump
122 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
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The Browns are suddenly loaded at linebacker with Kirksey, Joe Schobert and Jamie Collins around, but Kirksey appears to be the one whose three-down workload is beyond question. A rangy playmaker perfectly cut out for today's increasing nickel formation emphasis, Kirksey has established himself as a top tackle source with 286 over the last two years. His speed hasn't resulted in many turnovers so far, but that might change as Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah grow into one of the league's most feared edge-rushing tandems. Kirksey is a fine blitzer otherwise, averaging 2.9 sacks in four seasons.
Kirksey broke out in his third season out of Iowa last year, as his promotion to a three-down role allowed his near-elite athleticism to shine through on the box score. Small but speedy, Kirksey's standout range will allow him to continue piling up tackles even if the Browns switch to a 4-3 after primarily playing in a 3-4 last season. The only thing to keep in mind is that regression is likely -- Kirksey's snap count (1,112) was largely a product of the Browns' offensive ineptitude, which figures to improve at least slightly this season.
While Kirksey saw his tackling total drop from 81 to 63 in his second year in the league, he recorded a career-high 3.5 sacks last year. Only 23 years old, the linebacker is one of the Browns' rising talents and should continue to grow under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
Kirksey tallied 81 combined tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble during his rookie year in Cleveland, stepping up big when fellow inside linebacker Karlos Dansby was forced to miss five games. He'll likely need a similar sequence of events to pass if he plans on seeing consistent playing time in the upcoming season, as Craig Robertson — who posted a career-best 99 combined tackles over 11 starts — will be the early favorite to win the starting inside linebacker job alongside Karlos Dansby. It projects to be a close battle, however, so Kirksey’s status is certainly worth monitoring in IDP leagues.
Kirksey will provide the Browns with depth at inside linebacker in 2014. If he can make an early impression in camp, the third-round draft pick could find himself just one injury away from seeing the field in his rookie campaign.
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Shifts to injured reserve
LBCleveland Browns
Hamstring
November 7, 2018
The Browns placed Kirksey (hamstring) on injured reserve Wednesday, Andrew Gribble of the team's official site reports.
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Departs game with injury
LBCleveland Browns
Hamstring
November 4, 2018
Kirksey injured his hamstring and is questionable to return to Sunday's game versus the Chiefs, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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Tallies another interception
LBCleveland Browns
October 22, 2018
Kirksey recorded 10 tackles (seven solo), recovered a fumble, and intercepted a pass in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.
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Grabs first interception Sunday
LBCleveland Browns
October 15, 2018
Kirksey posted one tackle and defended two passes, including an interception, in Sunday's loss to the Chargers.
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Double-digit tackles in Week 5
LBCleveland Browns
October 8, 2018
Kirksey recorded 12 tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 12-9 win over Baltimore.
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