(Wedge is crying by a fire)
I can’t believe they would do that to me!
WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME DOLPHINS!!!
First Ajayi and now Landry…
What is a devastated Alien to do…
…Except talk about other draft prospects like Texas A&M receiver Christian Kirk
The Positives: A lot of experts are calling Kirk the best slot receiver in the draft. He was very productive at Texas A&M in his three years there. He caught over 80 passes in his first two seasons with the Aggies and his final season wasn’t half bad either with 66 catches. Kirk cgained just below 2,800 yards in those three years and caught 26 TDs.
The Texas A&M offense isn’t the most explosive offense – but Kirk was used a lot of different ways. He went deep, ran a ton of bubble screens, was used on reverses (he had 21 total carries for 121 rushing yards) and was a kick returner on special teams.
Kirk has solid hands. Not a lot of bad drops on his tape. His hands measured in at 9 7/8ths at the combine.
But Kirk’s biggest strength like a certain recently departed Dolphins was gaining yards after the catch – YAC! Kirk made a lot of defenders look silly with broken tackles and poor guesses. Kirk is a strong runner and a strong player – he had the 4th best bench press reps among receivers at the combine. So you can see why Kirk as a slot receiver seems like natural fit.
The Negatives: Well the first thing I should point out: WHY DO WE NEED A RECEIVER?!?!? This gripe is not about Kirk as a player, its about the loss of Landry which this alien just can’t get over. I thought I was done begging the Dolphins to draft receivers but….
Kirk isn’t a big receiver (5’10) and while he had a respectable 40 yard dash at 4.47, that does not put him in the class of an elite speed demon. Kirk is notable for his lateral quickness but not his vertical speed. There are some questions as to whether he can stretch the field at the next level.
The Alien Dust: The Dolphins have a lot of needs but drafting a player like Kirk can go a long way in replacing Jarvis Landry. And when push comes to shoe, Kirk might be better at stretching the field than Landry ever once.
The big issue is do the Dolphins spend a high pick on a receiver? Kirk can go anywhere between mid first to early 3rd. If the Dolphins trade down in the first round or Kirk is available into the 2nd round – I think he might be a viable pick (if the Dolphins have not signed another receiver in free agency)
Well it’s not the most devastating weapon – but right now, right now I just need Christian Kirk to be my handkerchief.
(Wedge begins to cry again)
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