It’s time for mock drafts boys and girls, and one released just this week sees the Philadelphia Eagles adding speedy edge rusher to their nest.
The middle of February means two things. Football guys and gals, including those who call themselves Philadelphia Eagles fans, are taking a break from the AAF and all of the hype surrounding the NFL Combine to celebrate with their significant others. Then, they’re right back to work discussing mock drafts and college prospects.
Recently, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports released his own version, and he sees Philly taking an edge rusher. It may not be a bad idea as Derek Barnett is coming off of injury, Chris Long is aging, Brandon Graham may leave via free agency and no one is quite sure what Josh Sweat will become.
Here’s the skinny. Some scouts are saying that Burns should have returned to school to take the extra year to get stronger and more polished. Others are saying he could come off of the board late in the first round or early in the second.
Here’s what Prisco had to say in his story:
"Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida StateThey will likely lose Brandon Graham in free agency and they need to get a young pass rusher to go with Derek Barnett. Burns has big-time speed."
Burns is a six-foot-five, 218-pound prospect that can play defensive end in the traditional 4-3 defensive scheme or he could easily adapt into the outside linebacker role if someone was to select him to play in the 3-4 scheme.
During his final season in Tallahassee, he recorded 52 tackles. That includes 15.5 tackles for a loss, ten sacks, and three forced fumbles. Those shorter quarterbacks could have problems too as he also batted down three passes at the line of the scrimmage.