Packers Prospect Profile — CB Brandon Burton, University of Utah
Height: 6’1″ Weight: 185 lbs.
Born: July 31, 1989 From: Houston, TX
2) High School / College Highlights: Burton stood out as a starter the last two seasons for Utah, making the All Mountain West second team in 2010. He’s skipping his senior season to enter the NFL and projects as a CB with a ton of raw talent that needs refinement through additional coaching. Burton defended 20 passes in his two seasons as a starter and also excelled on special teams. He blocked a field goal on the game’s final play to preserve a one-point win over BYU on Nov. 29, 2010.
In high school, Burton returned 10 of his 11 career interceptions for touchdowns and also lettered in track. He qualified for the junior Olympics in the 200-meters.
3) College Stats: 37 games/25 starts, 3 interceptions, 101 tackles, 5 tackles-for-loss.
4) NFL Combine Results: 4.50 40-yard dash, 6.93 three-cone drill, 4.07 20-yard shuttle, 18.0 bench press, 32.0 vertical jump, 118.0, broad jump.
5) Strengths/Weaknesses: Most scouting reports rave about Burton’s talent before pointing out that he is also raw and needs further development and coaching. His size matches up well against most receivers and helps him hold his own on run plays. Burton is also good at tackling if his receiver makes a catch or a ball carrier enters his zone.
The consensus on Burton’s weaknesses appear to be sloppy form and occasional lackadaisical effort downfield. There’s no question that Burton has the size, strength and athleticism to be a solid corner in the NFL — especially if he’s able to shed a couple of bad habits.
6) Fit for the Packers: Burton is solid on special teams and grabs receivers in pass coverage. Both characteristics probably make him attractive to Ted Thompson and company. There will never be another Charles Woodson, but if you had to compare Burton to any current Packers, No. 21 would be a good match. Burton has good size, is aggressive (sometimes to a fault) in pass coverage, enjoys playing the run and goes all out on special teams if needed. He projects as a solid all-around corner.
With Woodson getting older and Tramon Williams and Sam Shields coming off monster seasons that might be difficult to repeat, the Packers could use more young talent in the secondary. The fact that Burton also can play special teams is another reason the Packers should be interested.
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