Christian Kirksey
Christian Kirksey
27-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Green Bay Packers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Blake Martinez is off to the Giants, and Kirksey is the favorite to take on his workload in 2020. It's reasonable to worry about Kirksey's performance level as he learns a new defense, and it's especially reasonable to worry about Kirksey's durability after hamstring and pectoral injuries ended his 2018 and 2019 seasons, respectively. But if Kirksey's injury luck does bounce back, an LB1 season could be in the cards. Even with teammate Joe Schobert piling up tackles at a high rate, Kirksey made 181 tackles in 2017 and 2018 while playing 1,547 snaps, meaning at that rate he would project for around 117 tackles over 1,000 snaps. There's less competition for tackles in Green Bay, though, where Martinez eclipsed the 140-tackle mark each of the last three years. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Packers in March of 2020.
Foresees big plays in 2020
LBGreen Bay Packers
June 25, 2020
Kirksey (pectoral) said in a recent conference call with Packers reporters "Just looking at the playbook, I think there are plays out there for the [middle inside linebacker]," Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Amid an offseason of unique hurdles including shortened in-person activities, Kirksey appears to be enjoying an opportunity to pick up his new playbook while focus on maintaining full health. An explosive playmaker when healthy, injuries limited Kirksey to just nine combined games over the last two seasons. Now having linked with the Packers courtesy of a two-year, $16 million contract, Kirksey stands to see plenty of opportunity in 2020, provided he can keep on the field. Blake Martinez, who Kirksey is set to replace as Green Bay's starting inside linebacker, eclipsed 100 tackles every year from 2017-19, including a league leading 144-tackle campaign in 2017.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After starting 16 games for consecutive seasons, injuries finally caught up to Kirksey in 2018. He ultimately ended up starting all seven games he played and recorded 29 tackles (15 solo) in the process. At 26-years-old and entering his sixth season with the Browns, the starting weakside linebacker is also presumably entering his prime. Barring any unforeseen injuries, the Iowa product should have plenty of opportunities for a big year on an up-and-coming team.
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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Inks deal with Green Bay
LBGreen Bay Packers
Pectoral
March 16, 2020
Kirksey (pectoral) is signing a two-year, $16 million contract with the Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Checking out Oakland
LBFree Agent
Pectoral
March 11, 2020
Kirksey (pectoral) will visit the Raiders on Wednesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Cut by Cleveland
LBFree Agent
Pectoral
March 10, 2020
The Browns released Kirksey (pectoral) on Tuesday.
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Likely out for season
LBCleveland Browns
Pectoral
October 2, 2019
Kirksey underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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Could require surgery
LBCleveland Browns
Chest
September 25, 2019
The Browns are finalizing a decision Wednesday on whether Kirksey (chest) will undergo surgery, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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