Brandon Burton, Utah, 5-11½, 185 – Fourth-year junior…Two year starter who had 98 tackles, 18 passes broken up and three interceptions in that span…A physical corner well-versed in man coverage…Very aggressive and flies to the ball on passes in front of him and in run support…A good leaper with long arms, which makes him play taller than he actually is…Has good transition technique to take receivers deep down the field…Has good read-and-react skills and closing speed…Makes blockers miss to make plays in run support and blitz packages…Will make mistakes and missteps due to his own aggressiveness…Isn't overly strong or physical…Doesn't have great recovery speed…Stops his feet on contact when blocked…Doesn't have great hands – had just three interceptions in 37 career games…Ran a 4.50 40 at the Combine with 18 reps, a 32-inch vertical jump and a 9-10 broad jump.
PROJECTION: A finesse corner who has experience and durability, but the lack of quality opponents on a week-to-week basis and the lack of elite physical ability will drop him into the fourth-round range.
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