Brandon Burton Scouting Report
Brandon Burton
Brandon Burton - Utah (HT: 6-1 - WT: 185)
Combine 40: N/A - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 8 of 30

Positives: Very good mix of height and speed, has a long frame and long arms... Uses above-average agility and athleticism very well, utilizes quick footwork to get off blocks and in position to make tackles along the outside... Has good, quick feet, keeps feet underneath him well in the backpedal... Is a good wrap-up tackler, plays with much more physicality than size would indicate, generally wraps up and holds on with consistency... Has good vertical leap and ball skills when leaving his feet, goes up and gets the ball consistently at its highest point... Shows flexibility and fluid hips, turns well when playing bump-and-run coverage... Is an above-average man defender and adequate zone defender, will have little problem fitting into several systems in the NFL... Good special teams performer, blocked a potentially game-winning field goal against BYU in 2010.

Negatives: Needs to do a better job of getting off blocks against larger receivers, has a somewhat thin frame and will get out-muscled at times... Gets a little high in his backpedal, gives up a lot of leverage when changing directions quickly... Despite wrap-up abilities, will miss tackles in the open field by over-pursuing and getting out of position to defend the run... Stats have been somewhat pedestrian in last two full seasons (98 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, three interceptions)... Will get beat by double moves in zone coverage, sometimes backpedals far too long, needs to turn hips and run while still diagnosing plays in zone coverage.

Totals   101 71 30 5 1 1 3 2 0
2008 Utah   3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 Utah   47 35 12 4 1 0 1 0 0
2010 Utah   51 34 17 1 0 1 2 2 0

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