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Draft analyst: Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk among top 5 impact rookies in NFL

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Christian Kirk was a major weapon for Texas A&M, and one noted draft analyst expects him to produce the same kind of splash in the NFL.

NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah, a former NFL scout, listed Kirk as one of the five players who will make the biggest impact as rookies.

Considering the other four players on the list – including Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson and North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb, all three early first-round locks – that’s high praise.

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Jeremiah called Kirk “a refined route runner” and “one of the most polished players in the draft,” a verdict at odds with the views of some who blamed former Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin for failing to develop players’ talent.

“He should quickly emerge as one of the league’s most effective slot receivers,” Jeremiah said.

Jeremiah also said Kirk is expected to go late in the first round or somewhere int he second.

There’s already one former Aggies star receiver (Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) earning Pro Bowl recognition in the NFL, and if Kirk lives up to Jeremiah’s expectations, he has a shot to someday become the second.

Kirk is one of four Aggies who is scheduled to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine from February 27-March 5.

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