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2014 NFL Draft: Browns select Iowa LB Christian Kirksey in third round

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 9, 2014


The Browns, for the fourth time in the draft, passed on a wide receiver to address their linebacking corps with the selection of Iowa linebacker Christian Kirksey with the No. 71 overall pick in the third round. 

Kirksey is most often listed as an outside linebacker but said he believes the Browns will slide him to inside linebacker.

Kirksey has a quick first-step and good speed in pursuit and in open space. The Browns continued their dedication to pass coverage with this selection, as Kirksey is known as a linebacker who can hold his own covering slot receivers and tight ends. Kirksey is limited athletically in some ways but has a reputation for a consistent motor.


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