Deontay Burnett Draft Profile

Deontay Burnett draft profile

Strengths:

  • Tall
  • Athletic
  • Tougher than expected for his size
  • Soft hands
  • Can pluck it and tuck it near traffic
  • Good work ethic to improve
  • Works with QB in scramble situations

Analysis: Deontay Burnett is your standard slot receiver in the NFL. He is tall and athletic for his size and improved each year he was at USC. His performance in the Rose Bowl really got him on the national radar, winning All-Bowl team honors after making 13 receptions for 164 yards and three touchdowns in the Trojan’s victory over Penn State. Burnett built on that success as a junior, receiving second-team All-Pac-12 notice from league coaches by leading USC with 86 receptions for 1,114 yard and nine touchdowns. He is dangerous after the catch, plucking the ball in mid-air and tucking it immediately looking downfield for more yardage. He was Sam Darnold’s safety net in scramble situations always working his way back to the ball. Work ethic is a plus and there is room for growth in his game.

Weaknesses:

  • Improved his routes, but they still need some work
  • Rail-thin frame has limited potential to add mass
  • Will have to learn to play around contact more frequently
  • Coverage stays connected to him on the third level
  • Not a 50-50 ball winner
  • Quicker than fast

Analysis: Deontay Burnett doesn’t have the size or separation speed for frequent work down the field and may be better suited to a role as a possession target. Burnett lacks play strength and may need to compensate by learning to create space for himself through a more leveraged approach as a route-runner. He lacks high-end measurables but could become a decent WR3 in a spread-oriented attack. His very thin frame could cause durability issues at the next level and there is not a lot of room for mass to grow on that frame. Route running still needs work despite the improvement from his first year on campus until now. Despite his height, Burnett lacks the ball skills to win 50-50 balls—doesn’t high-point the ball. Lacks the deep speed to run away from corners on the third level.

Size: 6’5 186lbs

Draft Grade: 4th round

NFL Comparison: Donte Moncrief

Draft Projection: Round 5-6

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