I’d be happy to. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Burks going into watching him. I had seen a bunch of clips in the slack channel but they were a mixed bag. Some put the pen down stuff and then other reps where I was like what exactly was he trying to run there?
He lines up everywhere. He has some tight end reps, FB reps, RB reps, reps in motion, outside, lining up in a dirty split, true outside, you name it he’s probably done it. The issue though is he barely faced any press coverage and lined up primarily in the slot. I think he faced maybe 39 total press reps in all of 2021. There are two mitigating factors here. 1) he beat press when he faced it. His stats Vs press:
6.4 yards per route run Vs press is outstanding. I saw him roast some Bama corners who tried to press him. I came away thinking you have to have a little faith in the small sample size projection but I loved what I saw.
2) many colleges put their best receiver in the slot.
His top end speed is exceptional on tape. He can outrun a secondary and he outran Bama’s secondary and ILBs. That’s impressive. Whereas Drake London will be tackled from behind when Burks is on the run he’s gone. Burks has really strong hands but his catch form is not always ideal. He will be able to make contested catches though at a better rate than all but London of the top prospects. Dotson actually shows some ability here too.
He doesn’t run a lot of horizontal breaking routes so I have some questions about his change of direction and wish he ran more than the limited routes he did. He mostly ran gadget/schemed plays or more vertical routes. He would run overs and crossers but he’s not going to run a whip route for you. In a more traditional offense he would probably be a Z or an X who gets some schemed touches. He also has shown an ability to return but IIRC only did that his freshman year.
Burks has the highest ceiling of all the guys I’ve looked at but not the highest floor. I actually got done Drake London tonight who is currently the 3rd guy on my personal board and only behind Hutchinson and Hamilton. I’m going to write up why I think he is the perfect Patriot type. I’ll save that for sometime tomorrow (later today technically).