Oren Burks

Vanderbilt
LB

Prospect Info

College
Vanderbilt
Hometown
Class
Fairfax Station, VA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
233 lbs
33 3/8”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.46
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Green Bay
Packers
Round 3 ‧ Pick 24
40 Yard Dash
4.59
Seconds
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
39.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
131.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.82
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.15
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Burks' was named to the 2016 Allstate-AFCA FBS National Good Works Team for his work in the community. He was a defensive co-captain for the Commodores as a junior, starting 10 of 13 games played, racking up 59 stops, 6.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks, an interception and six pass breakups. He following up that season with a strong senior campaign, making 82 tackles, seven for loss, one interception, and three pass breakups. Burks actually played safety in 2014, starting all 12 games and leading the team with three interceptions (also compiling 59 tackles, two for loss, six pass breakups). The first-team all-state high school football player from Virginia played a significant role as a redshirt freshman in 2014 despite missing four games due to injury; he started seven of eight games played, making 37 tackles and breaking up seven passes at safety.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Tahir Whitehead
Overview
In any other decade, Burks' lack of familiarity for any position for more than a year would force him into the "tweener" stack and he would be on his way. In today's game filled with hybrid players and sub-packages, Burks' background could make him more valuable. He needs to play with more consistency in diagnosing and tackling, but his athleticism, cover talent, and ability on special teams make him a developmental prospect with decent upside.
Strengths
  • Well-proportioned between upper and lower body
  • Has broad back and long arms
  • Leader on and off the field
  • Has experience at three different positions over the last three seasons
  • Fits as 4-3 WILL or 3-4 inside linebacker
  • Former safety with athletic ability to handle coverage duties at linebacker
  • Range and pursuit speed is above average
  • Possesses good lateral twitch
  • Has reactive athleticism to spring into adjacent gap as tackler
  • Plays with good toughness
  • Willing to take on pulling guards with good force
  • Continued to improve as season progressed
  • Has talent to become a core special-teamer
Weaknesses
  • Will make mistakes in diagnosing that pull him out of position
  • Still learning the position, but instincts may be average for a role as inside linebacker
  • Below average punching and playing off blockers
  • Gets engulfed and will need to become more capable in slipping or playing around blocks
  • Gets neutralized in the hole
  • Has to become more effective at imposing his will despite physical challenges
  • Consistency as a tackler is a concern
  • Doesn't flow with leverage and will overshoot the ball carrier
  • Needs to tackle with better positioning to finish what he starts

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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