Photo of Aaron Burbridge
Drafted By: 49ers

Combine Results

Grade
5.45 ?
  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 115.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.22 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.31 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.90 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Connor Cook's favorite target last season lacks dynamic qualities as a receiver but he's adept at working the short to intermediate parts of the field. His comfort with crossers and timing routes likely caught Chip Kelly's attention. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 5/8" Arm Length
  • 206LBS. Weight
  • 8 1/4" Hands

Overview

The former top national recruit went from a solid contributor (29 catches, 358 yards, one score) as a junior to a big-time playmaker for quarterback Connor Cook and the Spartans in 2015. Burbridge was named the Big Ten Receiver of the Year as a senior, as well as first-team all-conference by league coaches and media after nabbing 85 catches for 1,258 yards (with seven touchdowns). Both those figures led the Big Ten, becoming just the second Spartans player to lead the conference in that category (Kirk Gibson in 1976 and 1978). When Cook went back to pass, his first, second and third looks were to Burbridge as he trusted his teammate to make the clutch third-down catch as well as high-point the deep ball.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.49 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Has the body control and in­-air athleticism to contort and come down with spectacular catches. Able to drop down and secure low throws and extend beyond his frame for diving catches left or right. At his best breaking off routes with suddenness and opening quickly for timing throws. Better at coming out of breaks to his left over his right. Detailed route-­runner on double moves creating openings for big plays up top. Once on top of cornerbacks, looks to stack them to create throwing window for touch throws. Excellent at tracking the deep ball. Has 19 catches of 25-plus yards. Willing to match physical with physical at the top of his routes against huggers. Shows some aggressiveness as run blocker and gives effort when working up to safeties.

Weaknesses

Hands are inconsistent and don't appear to be strong enough to consistently succeed on contested catches. Showed some focus issues when routes worked towards the middle. Average foot quickness from press release. Play speed is consistent, but doesn't have an extra gear. Needs to do a better job of selling the deep route to back cornerbacks off. Acceleration from breaks is average. Film shows potential concern getting away from press cleanly. Doesn't win enough near the end zone. Gaudy stats took a big hit against upper-­echelon competition. Hasn’t proven to be a playmaker after the catch.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4 or 5

Sources Tell Us

"I like the competitor but I'm not crazy about the athlete. I think he'll have to move inside and be a slot but he will benefit from more accurate quarterbacking." -- NFC North scout

NFL Comparison

Jason Avant

Bottom Line

Outside receiver with good height and weight but lacking the deep speed to beat NFL cornerbacks down the field. Burbridge has enough short-area quickness to be an effective target against zone coverage, but could have problems against tight, press­ man. A move inside as a big slot receiver could be in his best interest. His Senior Bowl week and NFL Scouting Combine 40 time will be huge for his draft positioning.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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