Ball skills: Has the height and leaping ability to do well high-pointing the ball. Is not a turnover machine and must work to break faster on the ball in the air. Has the length to really be an asset here, but needs to improve timing and position.
Instincts: Can be late to recognize but makes up for it by hustling to the ball. Looks best in zone coverage where he can sit back, watch and react. Can be a step late at times getting to the outside. Will be beaten on comebacks if ran into his zone. Does not anticipate routes well.
Man coverage: Has the quick feet to excel in man coverage but needs his footwork re-worked. Has the size and speed to turn and run with NFL receivers. Is fluid in his drop steps and backpedal. Too often guesses wrong on what the receiver and quarterback are doing. Can be beaten badly at times. A little inconsistent. Will give up inside position too easily. Isn’t physical enough. Might get flagged for contact early on in the NFL.
Size: Has excellent size. Perfect height with great length. Has a long-stride in his backpedal and can really eat up yards in reverse.
Speed: His speed is neither amazing or terrible. He has enough speed to be effective and run with NFL receivers.
Tackling: Is willing and able to come up and make tackles. Has good size and wingspan to reach ball carriers.Does a good job forcing the ball back inside. Surprisingly effective at shedding blocks.
Zone coverage: Does a good job working his zone. Doesn’t always seem to mesh with safeties, leaving huge openings deep in the field. Does a good job coming up to makes tackles against short throws and in run support. Must get better at locating the ball in the air.
Final word: Burton’s mix of speed, quickness and size are exactly what NFL scouts are looking for. He will need work once in the NFL, particularly on his hands and footwork in his drops, but he has the raw potential that coaches love to work with.
Once Burton improves his footwork and tackling ability, watch out.
Burton enters the offseason looking like a top 50 selection.