Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

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Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

Postby OGDraft » Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:04 am

Height: 6’0
Weight: 185
College: Utah
40 Time: 4.45
Class: Junior(RS)
Stock: Down
Projected: 3rd-4th Round


2010 – 51 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 8 PBU, 2 INT’s
2009 – 47 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 1 sack, 10 PBU, 1 INT
2008 – 3 tackles


Brandon Burton was a very highly rated CB at the start of the year and many pegged him as a late 1st rounder. His play has been sub-par this year and with his measurables and talent he has underachieved. He’s got fluid hips and smooth footwork and looks like he will be a tremendous man-to-man corner. However, that simply has not happened this year. He lacks a burst and gives up many short completions. His instincts aren’t that great and he simply fails to make a play when he is in a position to do so. He’s got some potential if he gets coached up at the next level, but as of now he is just a mid-rounder.

Scouting Report:


- Good size/speed combo
- Smooth footwork
- Fluid hips
- Can turn and run with most WR’s
- Locates the ball easily
- Impressive leaper
- Attacks the ball and swats it down
- Good man-to-man corner
- Isn’t afraid to get physical with WR’s
- Still has some upside


- Not very experienced
- Awful run defender
- Terrible tackler
- Tackles too high and bigger WR’s have no problem running through him
- Gets blocked out of running plays easily
- Inconsistent footwork
- Sometimes opens his hips too early and other times too late
- Lacks a good burst to the ball and gives up completions underneath
- Questionable instincts
- Gambles at times
- Doesn’t make many plays
- INT numbers are disappointing
- Underachiever

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.0
Man Coverage: 3.0
Zone Coverage: 2.5
Tackling: 2.0
Ball Skills: 3.5
Pro Potential: 3.0
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Re: Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

Postby Pudge » Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:58 pm

Utah Junior
40: 4.50 (estimated)


Competitor that has nice hips and good enough burst to turn and run with receivers. Can be effective in press coverage and is able to get the jam. Does a nice job keeping things in front of him and has a good feel for space and playing in zone. Shows nice ball skills to play the ball in the air. Will challenge the jump ball and competes. Gives effort in run support, and able to come up and make the stop on the quick screen. Breaks down and wraps up as a tackler. Can funnel things back inside. Shows nice burst off the corner as a blitzer. Has experience playing in the slot.


Not a major contributor in run support, as he whiffs on a lot of tackles against quality backs. Tackles high and is more of a drag-down tackler. Needs to take better angles in space and will whiff on stops after the catch. Can give up the deep play. Doesn't have great hips or burst and will have some trouble matching up with speed. Needs to polish up his technique a bit. Will miss the jam at times in press and give up the big play because he lacks the athleticism to make up for it. Can get a bit handsy and be flagged for a penalty.


Watched Burton shadow some premium receivers like Jon Baldwin, Michael Floyd, and Austin Pettis this year, and he held his own. Not the most gifted corner, but you like that competitive fire and he doesn't back down from a challenge. Probably projects a bit better in zone than man, but has the skills to be solid in the latter. A two-year starter that combined for 98 tackles, 5 for loss, 1 sack, 3 picks, 18 breakups, 1 forced fumble, and 2 blocked kicks in that span. Utah's had some recent success with defensive backs transitioning into the NFL with Eric Weddle, Sean Smith, and Brice McCain.


I think Burton has the potential to be a good NFL starter. I think he'll likely enter the league able to contribute quickly as a nickel corner and then develop from there. He doesn't strike me as a guy that is going to be a No. 1 corner at the next level, but he has the size, toughness, and ball skills to match up as a starter and be productive there. He's probably a few years away from developing as a starter, and I think can be at home as a No. 3 and slot corner his first few years in the league. His potential is greater in a zone scheme, but he has enough tools that with some more coaching he can be an effective man corner as well. He's not a guy that I see thriving in a starting role early on and will probably make his fair share of mistakes even as a nickel guy. The player I would compare him to is someone like Brent Grimes. He's not the athlete that Grimes is, but he's got good size and similarly he's a guy that should get better with more time because he shows the work ethic and competitive spirit similar to Grimes. If he can polish up his footwork and technique, he has the potential to be a very solid No. 2 corner.


Burton can offer immediate help to the Falcons nickel situation, and potentially push down the road as a starter. But probably projects best as a long-term No. 3 that in time should improve enough that he can be a good stopgap starter and insurance policy in case the Falcons part ways with Grimes or Robinson two or three years down the road. He needs work, but I think he stands a decent chance of landing the nickel role as a rookie. He'd probably have his struggles, but moving forward in 2012 he should start to solidify that spot.


Burton doesn't have great upside, but should be able to solidify a secondary with good starting potential. That makes him a nice value in the second round.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.0
Man Coverage: 3.5
Zone Coverage: 3.5
Tackling: 3.0
Ball Skills: 3.5
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