Kirkwood is one of the better linebackers in the draft, but he’s also one of a few players in this year’s class who can play a linebacker’s position.
The Oklahoma State product was one of several players drafted in the second round by the Kings, including Texas Tech’s Josh Robinson, who was selected No. 1 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers.
And his stock continues to rise.
Kirkwood has made a strong impression on scouts, who see him as a disruptive player who is versatile enough to play in multiple spots, which will make him a valuable commodity for teams in the first round of the draft.
He has the size and strength to be an effective outside linebacker in the NFL, where teams often like to bring players who can make plays inside.
“Kirk will be an immediate upgrade for the Cowboys’ defense,” an NFC scout said of the linebacker from Oklahoma State.
“He’s going to be a good addition for Dallas in the 3-4.
Kirk will be able to cover guys in the backfield, be a playmaker in the run game and play in coverage.
He’ll be an instant impact.””
This is a big deal for Kirk because he’s going into his senior year at Oklahoma State and he’s one of those players who is going to bring a lot to the Cowboys.
He’ll be an instant impact.”
Kirk is an athletic linebacker who plays with a bull rush and a bull pass, but the defensive line in Dallas has been known for its pass rush.
He was one the Cowboys drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 2017 draft, and the Cowboys also drafted linebacker Tyron Smith, who played at Oklahoma.
“He’s been one of our best players in the secondary, but I think it was a big part of his production that he could come up with big plays,” an AFC scout said.
“The other thing about Kirk is he has that big, strong, big body.
He could play anywhere on the defensive front, which is something the Cowboys need to address.”
The NFL Scouting Combine is scheduled for Feb. 19-22 in Indianapolis.