By: Steve Johnson
Brian Burns, Edge, Florida St.
6’4 3/4″ 249lbs
33 7/8″ arms. 10″ hands.
4.53 40 36″ Vert. 129″ Broad Jump. DNP Bench Reps.
7.01 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle
2016: 8 games. 23 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 1 FF
2017: 13 games. 48 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 3 FF, 1 FR, 4 pass break ups,
2018: 12 games. 52 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 10 sacks, 3 FF, 1 FR, 3 pass break ups
Accolades: 2015 U.S. Army All-America Game, 2018 First-team All-ACC
History: Four-star recruit out of Plantation, FL. Attended American Heritage High School, where he won state titles as both a sophomore and junior. Was Class 5A All-State as a Senior. Has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, will forego his Senior season.
Strengths: Excellent length. Incredible quick feet. Sets up blockers with a quick jab and inside move. Get off is outstanding. Uses his hands well. Fluid hips, natural runner. Has some bend and dip in him (see sack fumble vs Florida 2017). Space athleticism provides upside dropping into coverage. Quick spin move. Uses a nice swim move to shoot the B gap. Can get skinny to shoot gaps on stunts. Closing speed and range are legit. Times batted balls very well. Has some experience standing up. Voted team captain.
Weaknesses: Too skinny. Needs to add bulk. Needs to do a better job anchoring. Play strength is average. Will have trouble in the run game vs some NFL Tight Ends, let alone Linemen. Takes himself out of the play going up field too often.
Overview: A long-limbed speed rusher that has elite quickness, and a handful of pass rush moves. Burns needs to get bigger and stronger to help more in the run game, but the overall upside is legitimate. Although he can play in both fronts, having him as a rush OLB would really intrigue me. I think he has some upside dropping into coverage, stunting, allowing him to operate some more in space.
Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.95
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