Ben Burr-Kirven

Washington
LB

Prospect Info

College
Washington
Hometown
Class
Menlo Park, CA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
230 lbs
31 7/8”
Hands
8 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.33
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Seattle
Seahawks
Round 5 ‧ Pick 4
40 Yard Dash
4.56u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
21
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.85
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.09
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.43
Seconds
 

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Burr-Kirven was the All-Northern California Defensive Player of the Year and Mr. Football finalist for Menlo Park (Calif.) Sacred Heart Prep High School as a senior despite missing time early in the season to an Achilles injury suffered in track (where he was the anchor on a school record-setting 4x100 relay). He was a strong contributor on Washington's deep linebacker corps in 2015 (34 tackles, one for loss in 12 games) and 2016 (44 stops, one for loss, one INT in 14 games), though he never started a game either year. Burr-Kirven played with the ones in 2017, garnering second-team All-Pac-12 honors with a team-high 84 tackles in 13 games (eight starts). He also had four tackles for loss, an interception, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles on the season. He earned first-team Associated Press All-American and the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Award after leading the country with 176 total tackles (ranking third with 94 solos) and also posting 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, six pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Jayon Brown
Overview
Small, hyper-instinctive linebacker who plays with "clear eyes, full heart" and consistently punches above his weight class for production totals that contradict his size. Unfortunately, size does matter -- especially in the middle of a defense -- and he might be too maxed out to add necessary mass. However, instincts and willful demeanor are traits required for outliers and Burr-Kirven has a chance to be just that kind of outlier as a backup linebacker and special teams demon.
Strengths
  • Plays the game with fatigue setting turned off
  • Tackle zombie with 94 solo stops as a senior
  • Outstanding instincts, football IQ and focus get him to the action
  • Scrapes are instant, quick and controlled
  • Replicates and mirrors runner's lane choices
  • Adequate range speed
  • Unafraid to stick his nose in and strike
  • Makes a point of tackling the football
  • Forced 6 fumbles and recovered 3 over last two years
  • Excellent balance and rarely knocked off feet
  • Takes it away if quarterback's eyes linger on target
Weaknesses
  • Lack of size will push him off some draft boards
  • Low percentage of tackles on opponent's side of the ball
  • Takes steep pursuit angles and can end up on low side
  • Short arms show up with "just miss" tackle dives
  • Slow to punch and plays away from blocker
  • Downhill drift gets him trapped against counters
  • Gives away run fit with attempts to elude blocks
  • Must find a way to improve take-on leverage in the gap
  • Needs more control in approach to tackle receivers in big spaces
Sources Tell Us

"That defensive line did a great job of protecting him so he could run around and make a bunch of plays. He's a fun player to watch, but I don't think the production translates." -- Scouting director for NFC team

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GRADE
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