2019 Player Profile: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

Edge rusher’s are this year’s hottest commodity. FSU’s Brian Burns is ranked high on most draft board’s because of his potential. Not just his potential based on athletic ability, but his potential based on size. I’ve seen him listed as low as 218 lbs. And if that’s the case, he’ll have to move to OLB at the next level. I’ve seen him listed as high as 265, if that’s the case, he’s definitely a top DE prospect. The school website had him listed at 250 for the 2018 season. We’ll know more about Burns, about his potential and draft projection after the upcoming NFL Combine.

[Update: Burns ran a 4.56 at the Combine, measuring 6′ 5″ and 249 lbs.]




Height: 6-5| Weight: 249 | Class: Junior | 40 time: 4.53

Video: College Films

From 1995-2001 FSU was cranking out defensive ends left and right (Derrick Alexander, Peter Boulware, Andre Wadsworth, Greg Spires, Tony Bryant, and Jamal Reynolds). Brian Burns’ name belongs with that group of guys. He’s good. He’s really good. He has a cat-quick first step and is an explosive closer. Burns has that flexible and bendable frame you want an edge rusher to have. He’s shown good dip and lean to get around the corner. He also has a nice spin move. He’s not overly big, but he’s displayed a decent punch and a nice rip move too.

Burns will need to add bulk and strength at the next level, especially to be effective against the run. Since he’s largely gotten by on beating his opponent with pure athleticism, he’ll need to work on becoming a better technician. He has a lot of tools and a lot of upside.

Burns has plenty of raw potential.
Photo: Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports

His junior season in 2018 was his best yet for the Seminoles. He cracked double digits in the sack column for the first time in his college career with 10.0. He added 15.5 tackles for loss for good measure.

In his three years with FSU, Burns appeared in 38 games with 25 starts and recorded 124 tackles, including 39.5 for loss with 24.0 sacks, seven forced fumbles, seven pass breakups, three blocked kicks and two fumble recoveries. His 24 total sacks ranks fifth in program history. And his 39.5 career tackles for loss rank eigth on FSU’s all-time list.

Update: Burns measured 6′ 5″ and 249 lbs. at the Scouting Combine, plenty of size to play the Edge at the next level. He ran a 4.53 forty.


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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

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