Christian Kirksey
Christian Kirksey
27-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Cleveland Browns
IR
Injury Pectoral
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $38 million contract with the Browns in May of 2017.
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.
ANALYSIS
Though he was placed on injured reserve Sept. 21, Kirksey is eligible to return at any point after Week 11, but the surgery likely ensures that he won't be one of the two players the Browns bring back from IR. The 27-year-old linebacker has ample time to recover ahead of the 2020 season, the final year of his contract. Mack Wilson has played every snap at weakside linebacker in Kirksey's place the past two weeks and is expected to hold down a spot in the starting lineup the rest of the way.
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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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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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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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Lands on IR
LBCleveland Browns
Chest
September 21, 2019
Kirksey (chest) has been placed on IR.
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Could be headed to IR
LBCleveland Browns
Chest
September 21, 2019
Kirksey (chest) is a candidate to be placed on IR, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Ruled out for Sunday
LBCleveland Browns
Chest
September 20, 2019
Kirksey (chest) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Rams, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Could require surgery
LBCleveland Browns
Chest
September 19, 2019
Kirksey may require surgery to address a chest injury sustained during Monday's win over the Jets, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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