2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Florida State EDGE Brian Burns

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Brian Burns Scouting Report

Height: 6’5

Weight: 235 lbs

Bendarik Award semifinalist – 2018

25 starts in 38 games for Florida State, racking up 24 sacks and 39.5 tackles for loss.

First-team All-ACC – 2018

Team MVP – 2018

Freshman All-American – 2016

Five-star recruit according to 247sports and Scout.

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Brian Burns Scouting Report

What I Like:

Block Shedding

Brian Burns consistently finds his way into the pocket as an edge rusher, thanks in part to his excellent ability to shed blocks. As shown below, Burns starts outside the tackle and works his way back inside. Once inside, Burns uses his above average burst of speed to key the ball and attack the quarterback for the sack.

 

What I Dislike:

Limited Experience in Pass Coverage

Much like Bjoern Werner in 2012, Brian Burns has limited experience in pass coverage. Both players have different styles, and I think Brian Burns is far superior, but Werner struggled when he was drafted as an OLB by the Indianapolis Colts. The NFL Combine will be key for NFL franchises to see him in that role.

 

High Motor

While breaking down his film, it became quite obvious early on that several offenses were keying away from Burns. In the clip below, the running back works back across the line away from Burns. However, Burns sticks with the play, eludes the tackle, and attacks the ball to assist with the tackle.

 

Overall Breakdown

In all, Brian Burns is an exceptional edge rusher that displays above average abilities in all facets of the position. I can see Burns as a defensive end at the next level, using his speed and block shedding to put pressure on the quarterback and disrupt the pocket.

 

Draft Round Prediction

Mid-First to Late-Second Round

There are more prolific edge rushers available, and those with more experience in pass coverage, but Brian Burns is a high-ceiling type of prospect. I have Brian Burns as the 4th best defensive end, 3rd best edge rusher on my big board. I think it’s possible that we see him come off the board in the first round, but more likely that we hear his name called in the second round.

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