NAME: Brian Burns
SCHOOL: Florida State
JERSEY: No. 99
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 231 lbs
A five-star recruit, Burns has racked up 23 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and four forced fumbles across his first two seasons at Florida State. Given his physical upside and billing, Burns is expected to have a standout junior season.
Already showing a variety of pass rush moves, footwork, burst and length, Burns has a considerably high ceiling as a pass rusher. He does well to minimize his surface area and use his hands to clear his pads. He knows how to use his feet to set up his pass rush moves and draw opponents out of their sets to soften his rush angles. He has the flexibility to corner the edge track and length to finish. His pass rushing skill set translates nicely to the NFL level.
As a run defender, Burns competes hard to stay in his run fits while also effective attacking gaps. With that said, his lack of bulk and need for increased play strength yields notably different results when tasked with combating tight ends as opposed to offensive tackles.
Given his long and lean frame, Burns doesn’t quite have the elite athleticism expected of an edge rusher for his size. While he does showcase impressive moments of explosive burst, playing faster is needed. The need for more play speed often shows up with how Burns reads an offensive tackles set and is calculated in how he responds. He is a fluid mover that needs to execute quicker.
Burns is already an appealing prospect but there is room for growth and it’s exciting to consider how good he can get. If Burns can add mass without losing his explosive athletic ability then it would serve his draft stock well.