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Burns scorched blockers and their quarterbacks in three seasons with the Seminoles, recording 24 sacks and seven forced fumbles in 33 career games. His speed and production is enough to outweigh concerns about his size.
Burns signed with the Seminoles as a five-star recruit, leading all first-year players with 9.5 sacks -- the highest mark from a Florida State freshman since 1977. Opponents knew exactly where Burns was in 2017 and his production slipped dramatically, at least in terms of flashy sacks (4.5).
Burns increased his tackle total (48), tackles for loss (13.5), passes broken up (four) and forced fumbles (three). Burns would go on to post career-highs in nearly every category again as a junior (52-15.5-10) with another three forced fumbles.
He might have saved his best trick for last, arriving at the combine at a chiseled 249 pounds - roughly 20 pounds heavier than his playing weight at FSU -- and still wowed with his athleticism.
Fires off the ball to instantly threaten the corner with galloping strides to quickly get to top speed. Sudden swim move with excellent coordination with his lower half. Good lateral agility for the deke-step counter back to the inside.
Surprisingly stout at the point of attack, using his length and core strength to lock-out larger blockers and often create a stalemate. Converts speed to power off the edge, generating explosive closing ability.
Burns' below-average bulk is disconcerting for some but his average balance among pass rushers is more troubling. He is bit stiff in his midsection, showing limited flexibility to scrape the edge and efficiently run the arc, using a flailing off-hand to steer his course and throttling down to turn sharp laterally.
Projection: First Round
--Field Level Media
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