Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk reveals what impact he can make in the NFL

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Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk joins Shannon Sharpe, Skip Bayless and Joy Taylor on Undisputed to discuss his experience in the NFL combine and what impact he can make as a rookie WR in the league.

JOY TAYLOR: So tell us why you should be the first receiver taken in the draft.

- You know, I always, uh-- always kind of prided myself on being an all-around football player and, you know, just being able to play outside receiver, the slot, even coming out of the backfield. I just feel like I'm dynamic, you know, when I'm on the field.

And wherever the coach puts me, you know, I like to go make plays. That's what I do, especially in the special teams game and returning kicks and whatnot. I've always prided myself on that. And you know, especially with whatever organization drafts me, I know there's a standard that's set in that locker room and in that organization, and I pride myself on holding myself to that standard and my teammates to that standard as well. So, kind of being the leader, you know, in that locker room as well, and just stepping in and just asking for an opportunity to go out there and get on the field early and help go win games.

- I know that you've-- you got your tape and you'll say, watch the tape. But your Pro Day-- Texas A&M Pro Day is next week. What are some of the things that you want to show these evaluators to say, I should be the first receiver taken?

- Yeah, I think the number one thing right now is just to keep showing that I can run, you know, the route tree from outside and inside. Any route that they want me to run, you know, I can do it. And I just want to go out there and show that I've still been working after combine, polishing all the little things, top of the routes, being consistent with catching the ball and whatnot. And so I think that's the number one thing. And you know, just being able to sit down and talk with them more and be able to get on the board and keep showing, you know, my football IQ and how I'm ab-- able to understand defenses and offensive scheme as well.

SKIP BAYLESS: So, I was hoping you would time a little faster at the combine. You probably were too. You were at 4.47, which is decent but not sensational. But I watched a whole lot of Texas A&M games in which you played faster than this time. And I don't know if you saw many, but this young man can fly with the football under his arm, which is a knack that some just don't have.

So you returned six punts for touchdowns. You returned one kickoff for touchdowns. So I think you're going to bring that-- I-- I'm hoping you still want to return in pro football, because it's not the easiest thing to do, because you do take some shots, especially in the punt returns, but I assume you still-- that that's going to be an added bonus?

- Oh, 100%. Yeah, like you said, it's just another aspect, another way for me to-- to get on the field and be a play-maker. And special teams, you know, definitely changes games. That's one of the biggest aspects of the game. And you know, at A&M we took a lot of pride in our special teams. And that's why we were one of the best in the country, you know, while I was there. So definitely looking forward to doing that still.

SHANNON SHARPE: Are you going to run the-- are you going to run the 40 again at your Pro Day? Or are you good with the 4.47 and just going to work on other aspects?

- Yeah, I'm good with the time that I ran, you know, at the combine. I did everything at the combine. So I really just wanted to do that, get everything out of the way, and then at Pro Day just be able to run routes and, like I said, keep showing, you know, my route tree and what I can do.

SHANNON SHARPE: One of the things-- one of your rituals is that after every game, you have a liver smoothie. Um, why?

- It helps with recovery. I did some research.

SHANNON SHARPE: Are you iron deficient?

- No. It just helps-- it helps with muscle fatigue. So after the games and whatnot, you know, it helps me from not being as sore and whatnot. And it definitely helps a lot. So I'm drinking that Monday through Wednesday and kind of, you know, put that into my diet. I'm big on my diet, so--

SKIP BAYLESS: Can you taste the liver?

- You-- hopefully-- you know, sometimes I put a lot of fruit and vegetables and--

SKIP BAYLESS: I would too.

- Yeah, you got to--

SKIP BAYLESS: A whole lot.


- --try to kill the taste, so it's not just straight liver I-- I-- I wouldn't do that. But no, it definitely helps.

- Yeah, with muscle soreness, I use arnica. I ain't doing-- I'm not doing no li-- I just can't-- the thought of liver.

SKIP BAYLESS: So you did hoist up 20 of the bench reps, which is-- what are they at, 225?

- 225.

- That's-- for-- for your size-- what are you, 200? Right at--

- 200 pounds.

- 200. That'll work. And you were durable, so that'll work. And especially if you play in the slot, you're going to take some punishment, but you-- you withstood your punishment in the SEC.

- No, I mean, I love the physicality of the game. You know, I pride myself on being a physical wide receiver. If-- if I'm asked to go block a linebacker, I have no problems sticking my head in there. You know, at that point, it's just kind of giving it your best shot because those are big dudes in there.

But no, you definitely have to, like I said, make sure every aspect of your game is on point. And blocking is a big thing and, you know, especially in the run game and whatnot. So like I said, I love the physicality of the game. And just being able to have that strength definitely helps.

- How does playing in the SEC-- the West, Alabama, Auburn-- how do you think playing in the SEC has prepared you to go play in the NFL?

- Well, I mean, you know, being from Arizona and getting up and leaving and moving out of state and-- you know, when I was getting recruited, I knew I wanted to play in the SEC because I believed that's where the best of the best was. And you know, being a kid from Arizona and, at the time, not a lot of kids was le-- were leaving the state and going to play in the SEC.

So I wanted to prove that I was the best. So I, you know, definitely believed I had to go play against the best. Every Saturday-- and being ab-- able to line up against, you know, Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn every season, that definitely helps because each one of those defenses is going to have, you know, a couple first round, second round draft picks.

So you're seeing the best of the best. You're seeing the guys you're going to go and play against on Sunday for the next couple of years. So I believe it helped me out a lot, just to be able to prepare for each game being a big game. And you're playing in front of a hundred-plus thousand every week. It just-- it's a different mindset, different mentality.