WFNY’s State of the Browns: Linebackers

The Cleveland Browns start training camp in little over a week. They have had a big offseason full of big-name additions and huge stories. One of the positions that the Browns addressed during the offseason once again was linebacker. The weakest part of this group last season was the inside linebackers. So, the Browns knew they had to upgrade these two spots on the team. The first...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns Film Room: A look at Christian Kirksey

Over the next couple weeks on WFNY, I will be breaking down the film on all seven draft picks of the Cleveland Browns. As fans, we often rely on mainstream draft analysts to give us certain traits and characteristics that we use to form our opinions. Rather than simply tell you positives and negatives, the goal of this series is to better inform you by showing evidence, in GIF form...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading The Browns’ Ability to Fill Positional Needs

Wide Receiver: F—— So. Much. Failure. The Browns already had a pretty large need at the wide receiver position, and the news about a possible suspension for Josh Gordon only upped the importance. So, naturally, how did the team respond? By taking absolutely zero wide outs, because that totally makes sense. What made this so criminal is how lauded this class was. No matter what...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns take Iowa LB Kirksey

BEREA, Ohio -- The Browns added a linebacker with their third-round pick (71st overall) who is expected to compete on the inside for playing time. Christian Kirksey (6-2, 233) is listed as an outside linebacker by some draft reports, but he said he believes the Browns project him to play on the inside. "I started at Will linebacker my sophomore season and made the transition...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft, Round 3: Picks 70-74

    Photo Credit: Kelvin Kuo via USA TODAY Sports   70. San Francisco 49ers – Marcus Martin (C), USC 71. Cleveland Browns – Christian Kirksey (OLB), Iowa 72. Minnesota Vikings – Scott Crichton (DE), Oregon State   73. Buffalo Bills – Preston Brown (ILB), Louisville   74. New York Giants – Jay Bromley – (DT), Syracuse                    
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns select Christian Kirksey in the 3rd round: Reaction

The Cleveland Browns selected Christian Kirksey, a outside linebacker out of Iowa. They took him with the 7th pick of the third round, #71 overall. The reaction to the pick is negative (mostly because the Browns still haven’t taken a wide receiver): What the hell are the Browns doing right now? — Bryan Olejko (@BryanOlejko23) May 10, 2014 Well I guess the Gordon stuff ain’t...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL draft prospect rankings OLB

2014 OLB rankings. Does not include those included in Edge Rusher rankings  Kyle Van Noy- BYU Ryan Shazier- Ohio State Trevor Reilly-Utah Christian Jones- FSU Telvin Smith- FSU Carl Bradford- Arizona State Jordan Tripp-Montana Jordan Zumwalt-UCLA Christian Kirksey- Iowa Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ZergNet The post 2014 NFL draft prospect rankings OLB appeared...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Arizona Cardinals

Round 1 Pick 20: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (A) It sounds crazy, but it is possible Manziel can fall this far. Manziel could start over Palmer come day one. Round 2 Pick 20: Ed Reynolds, FS, Stanford (B-) The free safety the Cardinals need to make their secondary complete. Round 3 Pick 20: Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa (A) With John Abraham getting older, the Cards need...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers: 7-Round Mock Draft

1. [LouisNix], Nose Tackle, Notre Dame. Nix does not fill an immediate need for the Packers, but, he’s been sliding down the boards due to injury concerns. The Packers benefited from people doubting Eddie Lacy last season due to injury concerns, they could benefit again this year if Nix happens to fall to them. Raji is back on a one-year deal, and he’s likely gone after this...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 outside linebackers for the New York Jets in the 2014 NFL Draft

With the NFL Draft fast approaching, the New York Jets seem to be pretty set in their front seven. Quinton Coples showed promise for a young linebacker last season, and Calvin Pace is newly re-signed. Maybe the Jets draft an outside linebacker this spring, but it won’t be early. There are too many holes on the roster and pretty much everywhere in the front seven is solidified for...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 outside linebackers in the 2014 NFL Draft

Depending on the scheme your favorite team plays on defense (3-4 or 4-3) you’ve probably got a different perspective on the linebacker spot. Some argue, especially in the middle, the position is still the staple of a successful NFL defense, while others say it’s now the least important unit on that side of the ball. Regardless of where you check in on that debate, there’s no...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Combine Preview- Part V: Linebackers

Much like linemen, linebackers roles and prototypes are derived from the scheme in which they are playing in. 4-3: Will – Weak side linebacker who is fast enough to run down ball carriers from sideline to sideline.  They often lineup 3-5 yards off the line of scrimmage and are typically the quicker, slighter built members of the front seven. Think of Denver’s Wesley Woodyard...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota’s Hageman Leads 14 Big Ten Players Looking To Shine In Senior Bowl

The Senior Bowl is the nation’s most unique football game and college football’s premier senior showcase event. It annually features the country’s best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South that are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams. The 2014 Senior Bowl will be played...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Kirksey Has No Regrets

Christian Kirksey helped lead Iowa back from the bottom even though Wednesday resulted in a loss to LSU in the Outback Bowl.
January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Next in Line

Wednesday marks the Iowa finale for senior linebackers Christian Kirksey, James Morris and Anthony Hitchens. Two of their backups, Quinton Alston and Travis Perry, talked Sunday in Tampa about stepping into their shoes next season.
December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Post-Nebraska: Kirksey

Iowa continued its uptick on defense Friday by slowing down Nebraska's dangerous attack. Linebacker Christian Kirksey talked about the effort in Lincoln.
November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Iowa faces a tough challenge against Big Ten foe Ohio State

The Iowa Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) have had time, coming off their bye-week, to correct the problems that have plagued them throughout the 2013 campaign. The issue though,is how will they fare against the superior Ohio State (6-0, 2-0). The Buckeyes have not lost a game in a year and a half – going 18-0 – since head coach Urban Meyer decided to come out of his brief retirement...
October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Iowa breezes by Minnesota 23-7

Jake Rudock threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Iowa beat Minnesota on both sides of the ball in a 23-7 victory on Saturday. Mark Weisman rushed for 147 yards on 24 carries, and Mike Meyer made three of his four field goal attempts to help the Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-0) start the Big Ten with a bang. After losing their opener to Northern Illinois, they've outscored their...
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September 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Prime Cuts: Hawks Preview Gophers

A dozen Hawkeyes, including Jake Rudock, Kevonte Martin-Manley, Mark Weisman, Christian Kirksey, Carl Davis, chime in on this weekend's Big ten opener at Minnesota in this Prime Cuts compilation of video interviews. Check it out.
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

The Iowa Hawkeye defense needs improvement

Iowa has improved its scoring from last season by eight-points — averaging 27 points through three games. The improvement should have Iowans pleased with the direction the offense and the coaching staff is heading in. The issue however, is that the defense hasn’t seen improvements and is still a question mark. In 2012, Iowa gave up 23 points per game to opposing offenses. This...
September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Iowa’s Christian Kirksey Forces Fumble, Recovers For 48-Yard Touchdown

One of the best defensive plays you’ll see all weekend comes out of a nice matchup in Iowa City, where the Hawkeyes are taking on the Northern Illinois Huskies, who fresh off their Orange Bowl season in 2012. Iowa’s Christian Kirksey pulled off the classic forced fumble + scoop + score combination after hitting NIU’s Luke Eakes hard after a completed pass. Kirksey quickly picked...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Prime Cuts: Hawks Talk

The Hawkeyes met with the media on Tuesday as they prepared to open the season this weekend against Northern Illinois. See what Mark Weisman, Damon Bullock, Christian Kirksey, Carl Davis, Johnny Lowdermilk, Jordan Lomax, Brandon Scherff and others had to say in this Prime Cuts video compilation.
August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Prime Cuts: Iowa Defense

Iowa defensive players Carl Davis, Anthony Hitchens, Christian Kirksey, Faith Ekakitie, Dominic Alvis, Louis Trinca-Pasat and others spoke about the upcoming season at Thursday's media. Watch some of the top clips in this edition of Prime Cuts.
August 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Iowa Football 2013 season preview and predictions

Iowa Hawkeyes Head Coach:  Kirk Ferentz  15th season  100-74 Hawkeye Offense “In a Word”….Patience…it seems like if you are an Iowa fan, then you have enormous amounts of patience…but you may need even more for 2013….six starters return and only two come back along the line…but the line wasn’t really the problem in was injuries and James Vandenberg...
July 30, 2013  |  Discuss

B1G Media Days Photo Gallery

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz and seniors James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Brett Van Sloten were in Chicago on Wednesday answering questions at Big Ten Media Days. View of photo gallery of the Hawkeye representation.
July 24, 2013  |  Discuss
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