Photo of Morgan Burns
Grade
5.1 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 201LBS. Weight

Overview

Burns appeared in 48 games over four seasons at Kansas State. He recorded a total of 106 tackles and made four interceptions.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.38 seconds
Vertical: 32 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 2 inches
Short shuttle: 4.2 seconds
3-cone: 6.6 seconds
Bench: 21 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Former high school sprinting champ with undeniable home run speed as a kick returner. Returned four kicks for scores in 2015. Eyes constantly probing backside contain on returns look for breakdowns to exploit. Former running back with powerful lower body and nasty stiff­ arm to create yards after contact. Has burst to blow it open when he sees daylight. Good closing speed to close on throws in front of him. Has athletic traits to survive at cornerback while he continues to learn the position. Burst and vision as kick returner might be worth exploring on offensive side of ball as running back.

Weaknesses

Squatty lower body with long torso. Running back build includes stiff hips and lack of "cornerback feet". Struggles to flip hips and transition to a sprint with smoothness. Plays upright and with very little technique in coverage. Herky­-jerky movement in space over efficient movement in coverage. Uses poor footwork and will drift out of position during routes. Allowed 8 touchdown catches in 2015. Atrocious season as tackler. Block magnet who refused to disengage despite upper body strength. Had 14 missed and broken tackles compared with 36 tackles.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

Sources Tell Us

"Some kick returners just keep it downhill and use speed to go deep, but he's got some creativity to get yards that aren't there. He dances too much, but he's got real talent as a return man." -- AFC special teams coach

Bottom Line

Do not get this twisted. Morgan Burns will come into the league as a kick return specialist who will likely need to sell a team on his ability to be a fifth cornerback. At this point, Burns' erratic coverage and tackling will could get him torched on the NFL level, but his talent as kick returner could earn him instant playing time. Burns’ may benefit from taking some camp reps as a running back as a stash spot for roster flexibility.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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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