WR Arkansas 6-2 225 JR #79
GRADE: 92 OVR RANK: TBC POS RANK: TBC
ARM LENGTH: 33 1/2″ // HAND SIZE: 9 7/8″
40YD: 4.55 (59%) // 10YD: ( %) // VJ: 33″ (37%) // BJ: 10’2″ (70%) // BP: ( %) // SS: ( %)// 3C: 7.28 (21%)
Projection: No fixed role but starting offensive weapon to be deployed across the formation as WR mostly but also as RB/TE/blocker. Best in heavy run scheme. Draft Projection: Late Round 1/Early Round 2 – Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports
Ravens Fit: The Ravens would do well to find their version of Deebo Samuel given how prolific the WR/RB was for SF last season. Burks isn’t Deebo; he’s not as polished coming out but he’s a physical specimen and a potential weapon for a potent running offense like the Ravens have. His speed and physicality could add an extra dimension to this Ravens offense not only at the catch-point but also as a runner on ends-around or out of the backfield. He could be used as a decoy too. He needs coaching up but he’s exactly the type of WR the Ravens should be looking to add to continue to diversify their WR corps.
Overall Fit 4/5
Used all over the formation, lining up at H-Back, in the backfield and at traditional wide receiver spots most frequently in the slot but also at X.
Before the Catch
He is an athletic freak and his athletic ability and play strength help him in numerous aspects of playing the position, not least in his release. He can accelerate off the line and attack leverage effectively. He is especially good at closing the cushion against off coverage and at attacking outside leverage in squat or soft press. He displaces the DB with his explosion and speed, releasing through him. When facing a jam, he plays with physicality and aggression – most defenders cannot match his play strength and he can overpower them. More savvy DBs are able to take advantage of his less refined technique – for instance his hand placement when swiping can be off – but he has shown development at defeating press. He most often faced zone coverage in college and will need more seasoning in the release portion of the route but he has all the tools to be successful and has shown enough flashes of potential to project him to being able to do it consistently at the next level.
He wins in space and separates mainly using his athletic ability. He doesn’t yet have many of the tricks of the trade of playing Wide Receiver in a normal offense on the entire route tree. He doesn’t use his body to turn his hips in his bam step, he tips his hand early when executing a two-step break, telling the DB he’s breaking before he does. He doesn’t use a chicken-wing move effectively to create subtle separation on dig routes. But he’s explosive and so his pressure step and any double moves are deadly, he can win on corner and post routes because of his speed and physicality through the route. He also processes coverage well and feels for the soft spot in zone coverage, using his body well to create throwing windows. On speed cuts he makes the transition in two steps to 90 degrees.
The Catch and after the Catch
Has a ridiculous catching radius, adjusts very well to different types of ball. He will catch outside of his frame, on balls thrown outside his strike zone, from different angles, above/below his head, on the move/stationary. He does cradle the ball with his body on lighter thrown balls, when he has time. He’s a catch-point extraordinaire, Arkansas drew up back shoulder throws for him and he was open when he wasn’t, against even good competition. He can high-point the ball and take it away from defenders.
His YAC ability is definitely his best trait and was the source of a lot of his yards in college. He wins with speed and physicality, he was difficult for any Defensive Back to bring down in the open field. His lateral agility on top of the speed/play strength makes him very dangerous.
Weapon. Has the size, physicality, speed and explosion to separate at a high level and be a YAC danger. Needs seasoning both at the top of his routes and at the LOS
JR: 88 Tgts, 65 Recs, 1100 Rec Yards (16.9 Ave), 11 Rec TDs
SO: 65 Tgts, 50 Recs, 811 Rec Yards (16.2 Ave), 7 Rec TDs
INJURY: Dealt w/ foot inj. all year (JR), missed 1 gm. (SO)