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Drafted By: Lions

Combine Results

4.85 ?
  • 4.74 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 115.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.20 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.34 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.62 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Detroit adds a pass catching fullback who can move around as an H-back in that offense. He brings a unique skill set to their roster and should also contribute on special teams. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'11" Height
  • 29 1/4" Arm Length
  • 242LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands


2014: Played 13 games, starting 10 at fullback. 2013: Played 13 games, starting 10 at fullback. 2012: Started first four games at fullback before suffering season ending injury (lower leg). 2011: Moved from running back to fullback during spring. Played 12 games, staring three of last four games. 2010: Redshirted.

Pro Day Results

Vertical jump: 30 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 8 inches
20-yard short shuttle: 4.28 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.08 seconds
Bench press: 30 reps of 225 pounds



Crafty pass-catcher out of backfield. Shows desired speed into routes and is always ready for the throw. Good, not great, ball-catcher who is able to adjust to poor throws. Agile with ability to make defenders miss in space. Has radar to find his assignment as lead blocker. Gives good effort to mirror and stay connected at contact in protection.


Undersized for the position and can't be a lead blocker for a run-heavy team. H-back type, carrying no thump behind his pads. Slows to contact, stopping his feet briefly into contact. Extremely limited in what he offers from that position.

Draft Projection


Bottom Line

Interesting pass-catcher out of the backfield with more agility and ability after the catch than expected. Burton lacks functional size and run-blocking acumen necessary to be a full-time fullback in a zone-scheme offense and will have to prove to be invaluable as a special-teams player in order to warrant a roster spot as an H-back.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.