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2014 NFL Draft Close-Up: Iowa Linebacker Christian Kirksey

Monday, May 5th, 2014

For four seasons, Iowa’s Christian Kirksey flew to the football. He did so, regardless of his size. He did so, regardless of where he aligned from. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Over the last three months, has profiled college prospects that potentially fit the needs and seating of the New England Patriots in the 2014 NFL draft. In this 13th and final installment – the previous 12 profiles can be found here – we will take a closer look at the film behind Iowa outside linebacker Christian Kirksey.

No play has been too far away for Christian Kirksey.

It’s been that way since his days at Hazelwood East High School in St. Louis, Mo., where high-effort pursuit branded him a two-way player – a fullback and a linebacker – as well as a two-sport letterman.

But it was on the defensive side of the ball that the track athlete broke free. As a junior in the fall of 2008, Kirksey notched 89 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack and an interception, as he helped the Spartans win a state championship in two sports. Along the way, he was named an all-conference honorable mention in football.

That carried over in the fall of 2009, even after Kirksey, a 6’2”, 198-pound senior outside linebacker, verbally committed to the University of Iowa. It carried over, even though the three-star recruit had more on his mind than the game. (more…)

2014 Senior Bowl: North Practice Notes from Day Two

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Christian Kirksey

Christian Kirksey is making a name for himself at the Senior Bowl. (Photo: CR Gazette)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

North Practice took place in windy conditions and it definitely didn’t help the Quarterback prospects improve on shaky day one performances. From this perspective the offensive and defensive lines continue to showcase the most impactful players on the North squad, with a few skill position guys catching my attention.

Here’s everything that went down at this morning’s North Practice, the players that stood out and the players that performed poorly.


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