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Joe Burnett (CB)
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 192
Conference: AAC
Hometown: Eustis, FL
High School: Eustis
Featured Prospects
Selected by: Pittsburgh Steelers
Round: 5
Pick (Overall): 32 (168)
Pick Analysis: The Steelers get a talented but undersized corner prospect with Burnett. The former Golden Knight has good ball skills and should compete for a playing time as a possible dime corner candidate.
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Burnett made headlines since starting as a freshman because of his skills as a cornerback (16 career interceptions, 35 pass breakups) and return man (three punt, two kickoff returns for touchdown). The four-year starter was named first-team All-Conference USA at cornerback and kickoff and punt returner as a senior. A bit smaller and slower than most teams would like in a starter, Burnett is a strong, confident Tampa-2 corner in the making.

High School

Second team Class 2A defensive back selection ... Coached by Steve Moser ... Impressive athlete who lettered four years in football and basketball ... Nominated for the McDonald's All-America game in basketball ... Also earned three letters in track and one in baseball ... Second in Florida history with 31 career interceptions ... Three-star recruit according to ... Ranked No. 85 prospect in the state of Florida according to the Orlando Sentinel ... First-team all-state selection ... Named regional MVP ... Earned defensive player of the year honors in both football and basketball during standout career ... All-area first-team selection four times ... Tallied five interceptions with 78 solo tackles and 24 assists as a senior ... Also contributed 689 passing and 874 rushing yards offensively ... Productive junior season featured nine interceptions, along with 68 solo tackles and 20 assists ... Rushed for 20 touchdowns and 1,300 yards as a junior ... 528 kickoff return yards and 340 punt return yards during junior season.

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Positives: Confident and a leader on the field. ... Stronger than you'd expect for his size. ... Good vertical, able to make a play on jump balls. ... Solid hands for the interception and is elusive enough to make yardage after the catch. ... Good recovery and closing speed -- is never out of a play. ... Nice hand-eye coordination to break up passes. ... Quality kickoff and punt returner because he has solid hands, good vision and patience, hits the open lane hard, makes the first man miss and runs through arm tackles.

Negatives: A bit small and light to handle larger NFL receivers, although he has a good lower-body build. ... Lacks elite top-end speed. ... Not particularly strong on the line and struggles to get off blocks. ... Brings pressure as a blitzer but does not finish off the quarterback. ... Usually plays off the receiver in order to get cushion on deep routes. ... More of a cut tackler, does not wrap up often enough. ... Probably best in a zone system with help over the top. ... Is not a typical pro punt returner with great speed and quickness.

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