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Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk gets boost in NFL analyst’s draft ranking

Best in the class? Not quite for Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk, but in the view of one leading NFL draft analyst, he’s near the top of the list for receivers in the 2018 NFL draft.

NFL.com analyst Mike Mayock has Kirk as the second-best wide receiver available in April’s draft as part of his position-by-position listings.

Only Alabama’s Calvin Ridley is ranked ahead of Kirk on the list. Mayock considers Kirk a better prospect than several other prominent receiver prospects, including Courtland Sutton of SMU, James Washington of Oklahoma State and Anthony Miller of Memphis.

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That designation will be welcome news for Aggies fans. Kirk’s momentum among draft analysts had been sliding somewhat of late, with several projecting him outside the first round.

Kirk concluded his Aggies career with 229 receptions for 2,796 yards and 26 touchdowns during his three years in College Station. Those figures are second, third and third, respectively, in school history. He also scored seven touchdowns on returns.

Elsewhere, the Aggies – even players like safety Armani Watts, viewed by some analysts as an early-round pick – were shut out of the other spots on Mayock’s top-five positional list.

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