Brian Burns NFL Draft

Brian Burns NFL Draft Profile

March 4, 2019

The following is a 2019 Brian Burns NFL Draft Profile highlighting everything that you need to know about the Seminole Edge Rusher. Listed below is his scouting report highlighting strengths and weaknesses while looking at his NFL player comparison and his projection. Here at NFL Draft Geek we also like to provide all of our play cut ups, video breakdowns and any other important articles that will give our full view of who we think he is as a prospect.

Brian Burns NFL Draft Profile

Height: 6’5″ Weight: 249 School: Florida State


  • Possesses an elite first step. Wins consistently off the snap. As a pure pass rusher he is unmatched in this class.
  • Plays with outstanding bend. Is fluid and has excellent lower body flexion.
  • Uses technique and quickness to overcome strength limitations. Plays with good leverage allowing him to compete with stronger offensive tackles.
  • Has good change of direction skills highlighted by his rock solid counter moves.
  • Game speed is there. Can run down ball carriers and has the ability to drop in coverage.
  • Can win with speed but also has a strong arsenal of pass rush moves; spins, swims and counters are all top notch.


  • Size might be a concern weighing in at only 249. Frame is there to add some bulk though.
  • Is not an overly powerful player. Relies on athleticism and quickness instead of strength.
  • Fails to consistently set the edge.
  • Lack of strength shows up against the run. Can be moved by powerful offensive linemen. Will never be an elite run stuffer.


After killing it at the combine Brian Burns has forced himself into the conversation for the top EDGE prospect in this class along with Nick Bosa. While Bosa is the more complete player due to Burns’ strength limitations Burns is the superior pass rusher. His first step is explosive and his athleticism among the best in the class. Burns reaches the top of the arch with urgency and his speed will give offensive tackles fits from day one in the NFL.

His primary concern can be attributed to his size and strength. Burns is far from an elite run defender and struggles at times to set the edge against the run. When he fails to gain the early advantage with his speed Burns can get overpowered and neutralized.


Burns has the look of an elite pass rusher and will be highly coveted in the up coming draft. His ability is transcends scheme and will likely be a day one pass rush specialist regardless of where he ends up. If he can bulk up some and maintain his explosiveness he has the potential to become one of the NFL’s most feared pass rushers.

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PROSPECT OF THE WEEK: . NAME: BRIAN BURNS COLLEGE: FSU POSITION: EDGE HEIGHT: 6'5" WEIGHT: 235lbs CLASS: JR GRADE: 1st Round . Strengths – Naturally athletic edge defender with a great get off and rare flexibility and agility for a 6'5" player. Shows great range and discipline as a contain defender. Instant close burst and does a great job mirroring ball carriers in space, breaking down and finishing consistently. Solid effort in the run game and chases plays laterally. Great ability to dip and rip, plays underneath the blockers hands with great hip flexibility and strength in his ankles. Flattens very well at the top of his rush and makes it difficult for rushers to get hands on him. Good burst off the line and attacks the outside shoulder of offensive tackles, knowing he can win with speed. Swipes hands off him early in the rep as a rusher and takes good angles of attack to the QBs set point. Can counter inside when he's set speed rush up. Also has a nice spin move in his arsenal. Great tackler, consistently strikes with arms and can force fumbles when finishing sacks. Attacks the mesh point brilliantly Vs read option . Weaknesses – Wiry frame and lacking play strength. Can be over powered in the run game. Could work on keeping outside arm free against the run to set the edge. Want to see him continue to develop his approach as a pass rusher and unlock counters more. Limited usage in coverage . Overall – Burns will be a 10+ sacks a year player in the NFL (barring unforseen circumstances and injuries). He's a devastating speed rusher with a elite pass rushing traits. He's one of the players I'm most excited to see this season. If he adds some mass, I think Top 15 is well within the realm of possibility for him . Download Talegate the #1 app for College Football fans. Link in my bio @thedraftscout . #nfl #nflfootball #nfldraft #nfldraft2019 #fsu #fsufootball #gonoles #cfb #collegefootball

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