ARIZONA CARDINALS

Cards select Saguaro product Christian Kirk with 47th pick in NFL Draft

Apr 27, 2018, 5:11 PM | Updated: 5:55 pm
Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Ind...
Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The Arizona Cardinals selected Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk with the 47th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.

At Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., Kirk set fire to the Arizona state records before heading off to play in college for coach Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M.

With the Aggies, Kirk recorded at least 919 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons and scored 26 touchdowns, not to mention seven more scores as a return man. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound receiver enters the 2018 NFL Draft as one of the top-five players at his position in the class.

Kirk visited with Arizona in the draft process.

“Oh, without a doubt,” Kirk told NFL Network when asked if he’d like to land with the Cardinals. “I love the state of Arizona, born and raised a Valley kid. I actually had a private visit with them already. Got to to sit down with the GM, wide receiver coach, the offensive coordinator, have dinner and what not, and definitely really like their staff and what they have going on over there.

“It would definitely be surreal if I could go and play there.”

Kirk left Saguaro with three state titles, 6,617 total yards and a record 103 touchdowns. While he played mostly in the slot at Texas A&M, he told NFL teams during interviews he views himself as a more versatile option.

He joins a wide receiver room in need of playmakers alongside the aging Larry Fitzgerald.

He is familiar with the Cardinals’ All-Pro receiver — and Fitzgerald is familiar with him.

“I definitely have had plenty of conversations with him and he’s definitely shown a lot of support,” Kirk said.

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