Pro: Off the charts athleticism
Seen by some as a late-round pick as a ‘tweener linebacker, Burks needed a big Combine performance to improve his stock and he delivered in a big way. With a 4.59 40 time, a 39.5 inch Vertical, 131 Inch broad jump, and 18 bench press reps, Burks is an athlete like few others in this class.
That athleticism also shows up on tape, whether you are looking back to when he was a safety his first two years in college or his final two years as a linebacker. Burks has a tendency to fly around the field and go sideline to sideline, protecting the perimeter in a tough conference. With 13.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks his final two years in the SEC, Burks showed that his game holds up in a more physical conference.
His testing numbers matchup up extremely well with a number of different positions, among them safeties and wide receivers. His best comparison athletically according to Mockdraftable is safety TJ McDonald, who was a third-round pick by the Rams back in 2013. McDonald has started every game since he was drafted and has been effective which bodes very well for the talent that Burks has as an athlete.