On Tuesday, Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk announced the decision that most have known was coming for months, foregoing his final year of college eligibility to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. Any doubt that may have remained after a sub-par 2017 regular season was likely erased when Kirk exploded for 13 receptions, 189 yards and three touchdowns in the Aggies’ 55-52 loss in the Belk Bowl.
It's been an amazing 3 years! Thanks & Gig'em forever! pic.twitter.com/ahO4wmMiDv— Christian Kirk (@ChristianDavon2) January 2, 2018
Kirk was one of the top receiver recruits in the country coming out of Sagurao High School in Arizona. He committed to the Aggies in December 104, and was one of three five-star recruits (Daylon Mack, Kyler Murray) who headlined the Aggies’ heralded 2015 recruiting class. Kirk is obviously the stud of this class, finishing his A&M career second in all-time receptions third in all-time receiving yards and third in all-time receiving touchdowns. His only peers are former teammate Josh Reynolds, Ryan Swope and Jeff Fuller, the latter two of whom played one season more than Kirk.
Despite a less than stellar 2017 season statistically, Kirk still has first round NFL talent, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him rocket up draft boards following workouts/interviews at the NFL Combine. From all accounts, he was a player who did everything the right way (liver smoothies!) both on and off the field. Thanks for a great three years, Christian. All of us except Myles hope you don’t end up in Cleveland.