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Kirksey Drafted in 3rd Round by Cleveland
Linebacker is the 71st selection in the 2014 NFL Draft

May 9, 2014

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    By DARREN MILLER
    hawkeyesports.com

    IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa senior linebacker Christian Kirksey was selected by Cleveland in the third round of Friday's NFL Draft. Kirksey was the 71st player picked overall.

    Kirksey, a native of St. Louis, is the first Hawkeye linebacker drafted since Pat Angerer and A.J. Edds in 2010. He is the sixth Hawkeye linebacker chosen in the NFL Draft since 2006.

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    In 13 games last season, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Kirksey compiled 104 tackles -- third on the team -- with seven quarterback hurries, 2 ½ sacks, and two fumble recoveries. He was named honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference by league coaches and media.

    Kirksey competed in the 2014 Senior Bowl, recording six tackles (1 ½ sacks). During his 49-game Hawkeye career, Kirksey compiled 315 tackles with seven fumble recoveries and 5 ½ sacks. He is one of three defensive players in school history with three defensive touchdowns.

    Cleveland was 4-12 in 2013, finishing fourth in the AFC North Division.

    Kirksey is the 54th player coached by Kirk Ferentz at the University of Iowa to be selected in the NFL Draft.

    HAWKEYES DRAFTED DURING FERENTZ ERA
    2014 NFL Draft
    Round 3C.J. FiedorowiczHoustonTight end
    Round 3Christian KirkseyClevelandLinebacker
    2013 NFL Draft
    Round 5Micah HydeGreen BayDefensive back
    2012 NFL Draft
    Round 1Riley ReiffDetroitOffensive line
    Round 4Mike DanielsGreen BayDefensive line
    Round 5Adam GettisWashingtonOffensive line
    Round 5Shaun PraterCincinnatiDefensive back
    Round 6Marvin McNuttPhiladelphiaWide receiver
    Round 7Jordan BernstineWashingtonDefensive back
    2011 NFL Draft
    Round 1Adrian ClaybornTampa BayDefensive end
    Round 4Christian BallardMinnesotaDefensive line
    Round 5Ricky StanziKansas CityQuarterback
    Round 5Karl KlugTennesseeDefensive line
    Round 5Julian VanderveldePhiladelphiaOffensive line
    Round 6Tyler SashNew York GiantsDefensive back
    2010 NFL Draft
    Round 1Bryan BulagaGreen BayOffensive line
    Round 2Pat AngererIndianapolisLinebacker
    Round 3Amari SpieveyDetroitDefensive back
    Round 3Tony MoeakiKansas CityTight end
    Round 4A.J. EddsMiamiLinebacker
    Round 7Kyle CallowayBuffaloOffensive line
    2009 NFL Draft
    Round 3 Shonn Greene New York Jets Running back
    Round 3 Bradley Fletcher St. Louis Defensive back
    Round 4 Seth Olsen Denver Offensive line
    Round 6Brandon Myers OaklandTight end
    2008 NFL Draft
    Round 3 Charles Godfrey Carolina Defensive back
    Round 4Kenny IwebemaArizona Defensive end
    Round 6 Mike Humpal Pittsburgh Linebacker
    2007 NFL Draft
    Round 3 Marshal Yanda Baltimore Offensive line
    Round 4 Scott ChandlerSan Diego Tight end
    Round 7 Mike Elgin New England Offensive line
    2006 NFL Draft
    Round 1 Chad Greenway Minnesota Linebacker
    Round 3 Abdul Hodge Green Bay Linebacker
    2005 NFL Draft
    Round 2 Matt Roth Miami Defensive end
    Round 2 Jonathan Babineaux Atlanta Defensive line
    Round 4 Sean Considine Philadelphia Defensive back
    Round 6 Tony Jackson Seattle Tight end
    Round 6 Pete McMahon Oakland Offensive line
    2004 NFL Draft
    Round 1 Robert Gallery Oakland Offensive line
    Round 2 Bob Sanders Indianapolis Defensive back
    Round 3 Nate Kaeding San Diego Place kicker
    Round 7 Jared Clauss Tennessee Defensive line
    Round 7 Erik Jensen St. Louis Tight end
    2003 NFL Draft
    Round 1 Dallas Clark Indianapolis Tight end
    Round 2 Eric Steinbach Cincinnati Offensive line
    Round 2 Bruce Nelson Carolina Center
    Round 5 Derek Pagel New York Jets Defensive back
    Round 5 Ben Sobieski Buffalo Offensive line
    2002 NFL Draft
    Round 2 Ladell Betts Washington Running back
    Round 5 Aaron Kampman Green Bay Defensive line
    Round 6 Kahlil Hill Atlanta Wide receiver
    2001 NFL Draft
    Round 6 Kevin Kasper Denver Wide receiver
    2000 NFL Draft
    Round 5 Austin Wheatley New Orleans Tight end
    Round 6 Matt Bowen St. Louis Defensive back

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