2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Brandon Burton
Burton has started in 25 of Utah’s last 26 matches, and has played in every game since the beginning of the 2008 season.
Player Name: Brandon Burton
Burton’s height is ideal for a cornerback at 6’0 tall. He has very good speed, and athleticism. Burton is an above average tackler and isn’t afraid to be physical making a play behind the line of scrimmage. He’s an excellent blitz corner as well. Burton does a good job of flipping his hips and changing direction when running with wide receivers. He is best in man coverage, but is solid in zone as well. He’s a solid press coverage corner who excels in the bump and run.
Burton needs to work on defending against the double move and against physical wide receivers. He doesn’t have very good fight for the football against the taller receivers, and will give up a big play. He also doesn’t do well against receivers running routes in the middle of the field. He will need to improve in zone coverage and not get his eyes caught in the backfield. He could improve his football IQ a bit, and learn to start baiting the QB. He’s not a big time play maker.
Burton is quite talented and has been talked about as a second round corner by many draft analysts. Because of the depth at the position in the 2011 NFL Draft, I don’t see Burton slipping into the second, as the third round seems to be the best fit. Detroit, San Francisco, St. Louis, Miami, Jacksonville, Oakland, and San Diego will all take a heavy look at him in the middle of round three.
NFL Comparison: Eric Wright