Brian Burns
Brian Burns
21-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Carolina Panthers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Following the retirement of Julius Peppers, a franchise cornerstone who ranks fourth all-time in sacks, the Panthers unsurprisingly added to their front seven through the draft. In fact, they didn't wait long, taking Burns 16th overall. At 6-5, 249, Burns tested at an elite level prior to the draft, making him a mouth-watering prospect off the edge. In three seasons at Florida State, he posted 23 sacks, including 10 in his final year. Carolina will hope he can also stand up to more powerful players, but the opportunity for early playing time is certainly there for Burns to show his stuff. That makes the 21-year-old an intriguing commodity as he embarks on his NFL career. Read Past Outlooks
Heading to Carolina
DECarolina Panthers
April 25, 2019
The Panthers selected Burns in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 16th overall.
ANALYSIS
One of the top pass rushers in the class, Burns fills a need for the Panthers in the post-Julius Peppers era. Burns had 10 sacks as a junior en route to earning First-Team All-ACC honors at Florida State, showing explosiveness and impressive pass rush moves. He's a phenomenal athlete with long arms (33 7/8 arms) who torched the combine by running a 4.53 40-yard dash with a 1.54 10-yard split. The knock on Burns is that he has a slight frame at 249 pounds, but it's important to note that he just turned 21 on April 23. Burns may start out in a more situational role for the Panthers until he fills out, but the projected physical development could lead to him being an every-down force off the edge down the road.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Measurables Review
How do Brian Burns' measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
249 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.53 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.01 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
129 in
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
33.88 in
 
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