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Draft analyst: Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk could catch 100-plus passes a year in NFL

Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk
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Not many wide receivers make 100-catch seasons a habit. One NFL.com draft analyst says that Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk could be next.

Draft analyst Bucky Brooks, a former NFL wide receiver and scout, ranks the Aggies’ wide receiver among the top players in college football for NFL.com, projecting sky-high receiving totals for Kirk in the pros.

Fellow analyst Daniel Jeremiah offered similar praise, saying Kirk is “built like a running back, and he’s tough to bring down in space.”

Brooks described Kirk as “the prototypical slot receiver who routinely snags 100-plus passes in the league.”

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That would put Kirk in special territory.

Only three receivers topped the 100-catch threshold last year in the NFL: the Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald (107), the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown (106) and the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. (101).

Current Giants receiver Brandon Marshall holds the NFL record for most seasons with 100 catches or more, hitting triple figures in a season six times. Andre Johnson and Wes Welker have accomplished the feat in five seasons, while Brown, Fitzgerald, Marvin Harrison, Jerry Rice and Reggie Wayne have reached 100 four times.

Kirk came in at No. 21 overall on the NFL.com list of top college players.

Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin already has said he thinks this is the final college season for Kirk, who has 163 catches in his first two seasons.

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