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Cowboys Keeping Close Eye On Christian Kirk At Texas A&M Pro Day

COLLEGE STATION, Texas-- To be perfectly blunt, this was not a star-studded pro day by SEC standards.

Some big-time NFL stars were in attendance for Texas A&M's annual on-campus workouts – but Myles Garrett and Mike Evans are already in the league.

In fact, it was a bit telling that the biggest story of the day was the workout of Johnny Manziel, who went through a second pro day workout as part of his effort to make an NFL comeback.

Don't let any of that distract you from a crucial fact, though. The Cowboys are doing their due diligence on wide receivers, and that clearly includes the Aggies' own Christian Kirk.

Apart from Manziel, Kirk is easily the most high-profile Aggie in this year's draft class, and he's hoping to continue Texas A&M's run of eight straight first-round draft picks.

"I'd say I'm up there at the top, if not at the top. That's what I believe," Kirk said Tuesday. "I've just got to have that confidence every time I step on the field."

Given that he participated at the NFL Combine last month, Kirk opted not to undergo most of the on-field drills, such as the 40-yard dash, the broad jump or the vertical jump.

He did, however, go through a lengthy workout with none other than Manziel, who last wowed scouts with a raucous pro day back in 2014.

"I had talked to Johnny back in January about it, and definitely asked him. I told him 'If you have an opportunity, I'd love for you to come back and throw at Pro Day,'"

Kirk worked primarily as an outside receiver during the workout, which is bound to interest NFL teams. The 5-10 speedster played predominantly in the slot in college, and there are plenty of questions about whether he can transition to the pro game.

"Being able to play in the slot, being able to play outside, special teams and whatnot. I just want to show these coaches I'm an all-around football player," he said.

The last bit of that quote might be the most interesting. Cowboys special teams coordinator Keith O'Quinn was in attendance on Tuesday, and he brought Kirk to the Aggies' outdoor practice field for a brief workout as a punt returner.

O'Quinn won't be the only Cowboys coach coming to get a look at Kirk, either. Speaking to reporters after his workout, Kirk confirmed that the Cowboys will be headed to College Station for a private workout. 

It's anybody's guess what that means as far as the draft, but it's clear that the Cowboys are doing their homework – on Kirk, as well as other receivers.

Texas A&M's new coach, Jimbo Fisher, didn't actually work with Kirk during his college career. But from his brief impression, the former Florida State head coach was adamant that the wide out is doing his homework, as well.

"Just in my meetings with Christian, when I first got here during bowl practice, just watching him practice – Christian gets it," Fisher said. "I'll be shocked if he doesn't have an unbelievable professional career. He's so gifted, but he's so wired in to what you want a player to think like and act like."

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