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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: CB Lorenzo Burns

  • The Draft Network
  • January 27, 2021
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Lorenzo Burns aligned at cornerback for the Wildcats defense. He plays with good reactive athleticism for the position, as evidenced in his body control and agility in coverage. He is a willing tackler in the run game, but is a bit light at the point of attack. In the passing game, he has been productive. He's extremely competitive at the catch point and does a good job getting his hands on the ball. He is equally effective playing man or zone from a press or off position.  

Ideal Role: Eventual subpackage cornerback.

Scheme Fit: Any.


Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: Washington (2019), USC (2019)

Best Game Studied: Washington (2019)

Worst Game Studied: None

Man Coverage: He is good in man coverage. He is equally effective at playing press or off. He demonstrates good hips and agility to remain in phase in coverage.  

Zone Coverage: He is adequate in zone coverage. He shows an understanding and awareness in zone coverage. He also demonstrates ball skills and instincts to make plays on the ball.

Ball Skills: His ball skills are good. He remains in phase in coverage and closes separation with urgency. He is competitive at the catch point and does a good job of getting his hands on the football.

Tackling: He is a willing tackler and is not hesitant to come up in the run game. However, he is light at the point of attack. He has been effective as a tackler against receivers. 

Versatility: He doesn’t have true versatility. His skill set is best suited outside at cornerback. 

Competitive Toughness: He demonstrates competitiveness when the ball is in the air. He shows some toughness as a tackler but is light upon contact. However, he is willing against the run.

Functional Athleticism: He demonstrates good functional athleticism. This is evidenced in his agility and long speed in coverage. He also closes quickly when playing off coverage. 

Football IQ: He displays less than ideal football IQ. This is mainly due to his gambling tendencies in coverage. He could show better awareness of situational football and down/distance situations.

Run Defense: He demonstrates less than ideal ability against the run. Although he is a willing tackler, he is light at the point of attack. He has been more effective as a tackler against receivers.

Length: He has adequate length for the position. He uses his long arms while in press. His length also helps him get his hands on the football when he's in coverage.


TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Drae Harris: 70/100

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