Pros (+): Compact and muscular build. Everything is right there together even though his frame doesn’t possess much length overall. Burney plays urgently and does well with diagnosing plays then attacking downhill soon thereafter. Has experience at both linebacker and safety and his former days on the other side of the ball show up often. Outstanding long speed and has frequently made chase down plays based on his pursuit to the ball. Above average range and he embraces the physicality of the position. Face up tackler that consistently rolls his hips and runs through contact when opportunities are presented. Towards the end of the 2019 season, Burney spent a bulk of his reps at the STAR position, which can also be considered a nickel/overhand defender and also treated as an extra safety.
Cons (–): Biggest reason he was taken away from playing on the roof so much is because his back pedal and backward moving process looks highly mechanical. A bit unnatural when asked to survive on the roof of the defense, his fluidity while doing so was frequently tested. Better suited playing forward than when asked to move laterally or backward, his coverage can be a bit spotty due to his difficulties with getting out of pedal breaks and click-close after routes have been revealed by the opposition. Finding a true positional home next season could help his development as he’s still searching for comfort in certain situations/areas.