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2014 Breakout Rookie Fantasy IDP: Christian Kirksey

Going into 2014 everyone wants to know, “Who will be this year’s Kiko?”  In 2013 myself and many other IDP writers were very high on the rookie in Buffalo, and he didn’t disappoint.  So, who’s the breakout rookie star IDP for 2014? Look to Cleveland. Rookie linebacker Christian Kirksey is going to be this year’s big rookie name. Kirksey was picked up by the Browns in the third round and he has been making a name for himself with new coach Mike Pettine. You know, Mike Pettine who was the former defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills. Pettine is going to use Kirksey as an inside linebacker very much in the same way he used Alonso last season in Buffalo, and he’s had nothing but good things to say about the rookie.

“If you were just an observer at practice and didn’t have a roster, you wouldn’t think he was a rookie. … We just felt a lot better when he got here and realized that this kid is a complete linebacker.”

Initial speculation after the draft was that Kirksey would be battling with Craig Robertson for the starting ILB spot along side Karlos Dansby and that he was going to be a “wait and see” prospect. At this point he seems to have quickly won the starting role, and he’s turning heads. He has a far more versatile skillset that should do him well. Kirksey is a quick and athletic player with the tools to really excel in his role for the Browns’ defense. If you’re looking for your 2014 IDP sleeper, look no further. Christian Kirksey is the real deal. I’m predicting him to be a top 15 fantasy IDP linebacker in 2014.

Below is a video of a nice interception Christian Kirksey came up with in his third preseason game as a rookie. Great athleticism and concentration.

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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...