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OLB Christian Kirksey - Cleveland Browns

6-2, 233Born: 8-31-1992College: IowaDrafted: Round 3

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Summary

When the Browns made Kirksey their third round pick in 2014 many fantasy owners and prognosticators thought he would be a focal point of the defense and a team leader. After falling well short of those expectations in his first two seasons Kirksey exploded under the new coaching staff last year. For the first time in his career he became a three down defender, which allowed his leadership role to develop as well. In 2017 Kirksey will play on the weak side while continuing to team with Jamie Collins in nickel sub packages. Kirksey established himself as a strong fantasy prospect with 94 tackles, 50 assists and 2.5 sacks in 2016, but he failed to create a turnover. The coaching staff would like to see improvement from him in big play production going forward. On the other hand there is plenty of room for improvement in the big play columns for the Cleveland defense in general. (May 30)

FBG Staff Rankings

OLB Redraft - 18, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
Overall Redraft - 27, 22, 26, 28, 29, 30, 30
OLB Dynasty - 19, 15, 24
Overall Dynasty - 46, 37, 54

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2014 CLE 16 41 34 2 1 0 0 3 0
2015 CLE 16 34 19 3.5 1 1 0 1 0
2016 CLE 16 94 50 2.5 0 0 0 3 0
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 80 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 86 * * * * * * *

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Footballguys Articles

Eyes of the Guru: Preseason Week 1
  John Norton - August 16
2017 NFL Defensive Scheme Changes
  Darin Tietgen - August 13
Eyes of the Guru Preseason, Part 3: AFC North
  John Norton - July 11
Eyes of the Guru Preseason, Part 6: NFC South
  John Norton - July 29

Articles from around the web

32 TEAMS, 64 TAKES, 1 IDP CHAMPIONSHIP: AFC NORTH
  JT Maynard - July 11
Juggernaut Index, No. 30: Cleveland isn't a fantasy wasteland
  Andy Behrens - June 13
THE SCHEMES THEY ARE A CHANGING: IDP Impact of Defensive Scheme Changes in 2017
  Gary Davenport - May 15

Latest News

Browns | Jordan Leslie, Christian Kirksey return (Mon Aug 7, 07:35 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Jordan Leslie (head) and LB Christian Kirksey (leg) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 7.

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2017 Schedule

1vs Pittsburgh Steelers
2@ Baltimore Ravens
3@ Indianapolis Colts
4vs Cincinnati Bengals
5vs New York Jets
6@ Houston Texans
7vs Tennessee Titans
8vs Minnesota Vikings
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Detroit Lions
11vs Jacksonville Jaguars
12@ Cincinnati Bengals
13@ Los Angeles Chargers
14vs Green Bay Packers
15vs Baltimore Ravens
16@ Chicago Bears
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers