Amari Burney NFL Draft Scouting Report
LB, Florida Gators
Amari Burney is a fifth-year senior linebacker for the Gators. Burney made the transition from defensive back to linebacker after his freshman season (2018). Making the transition to linebacker, Burney showed to be an athletic, versatile, sideline-to-sideline player who can be an effective tackler in the open field. Burney showed off his versatility in the 2022 season, posting his most productive year and a stat line of 79 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions, making impactful plays in all facets of the game.
Burney is a versatile defender who can make plus-level plays playing inside and outside linebacker in Florida’s multiple-front scheme. Playing inside linebacker (stack), Burney shows the ability to key and diagnose run plays and work downhill to make tackles near the line of scrimmage. Burney also works well through traffic in the box and makes his way to the ball carrier. When the right opportunity presents itself, Burney can deliver a physical tackle.
As an outside linebacker, Burney shows well against the run in that he does a good job of setting the edge on outside intended runs. Burney has good arm length in that he can get extension and shed offensive linemen when necessary to make a tackle. As a pass rusher from the outside linebacker alignment, Burney has shown some upside and ability to get to the quarterback. Burney has a quick first step to beat offensive linemen around the arc to get to the quarterback. Burney can also retrace his rush and sack the quarterback.
Burney’s biggest concern as a player comes from his ability to play in space. In one-on-one situations with him and the ball carrier, Burney has struggled to consistently make tackles. Burney also appears to be better in zone coverage in pass coverage versus man coverage. In man coverage, receivers often get separation from Burney and make themselves available for the quarterback.
Overall, Burney is a versatile defender whose best plays are when he is attacking the line of scrimmage and playing downhill.
Top Reasons to Buy In:
- Positional versatility
- Position instincts
Top Reasons For Concern:
- Block deconstruction
- Man-to-man coverage
Weight: 228 lbs
Arm Length: TBD
Hand Size: TBD
Athletic Testing (source):
40-yard Dash: 4.70s
Vertical Jump: TBD
Broad Jump: TBD
Bench Reps: TBD
Ideal Role: Versatile second-level defender
Scheme Fit: Multiple Front
TDN Consensus Grade: 68.00/100 (Sixth-Round Value)
- Sanchez Grade: 68.00/100
Written By: Keith Sanchez
Exposures: Utah (2022), Tennessee (2022), Kentucky (2022), LSU (2022)
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