Oren Burks Draft Profile

Oren Burks draft profile

Bio: Burks’ was named to the 2016 Allstate-AFCA FBS National Good Works Team for his work in the community. He was a defensive co-captain for the Commodores as a junior, starting 10 of 13 games played, racking up 59 stops, 6.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks, an interception and six pass breakups. He following up that season with a strong senior campaign, making 82 tackles, seven for loss, one interception, and three pass breakups. Burks actually played safety in 2014, starting all 12 games and leading the team with three interceptions (also compiling 59 tackles, two for loss, six pass breakups). The first-team all-state high school football player from Virginia played a significant role as a redshirt freshman in 2014 despite missing four games due to injury; he started seven of eight games played, making 37 tackles and breaking up seven passes at safety. (Per NFL.com)

Strengths:

  • Well-proportioned between upper and lower body
  • Leader on and off the field
  • Fits as 4-3 WILL or 3-4 inside linebacker
  • Has experience at three different positions over the last three seasons
  • Range and pursuit speed is above average
  • Plays with good toughness
  • Continued to improve as season progressed
  • Has talent to become a core special-teamer
  • Willing to take on pulling guards with good force

Analysis: Oren Burks was originally recruited to play safety for the Commodores, but as he grew so did his coaches belief that he could handle linebacker duties, and he didn’t disappoint. He fits the new mold in the NFL as smaller-sized linebackers can play multiple positions (inside or out) or be used for a specific role (rushing the passer, coverage, spy). Coaches and teammates raved about his leadership on and off the field. He won’t be outrun by many tight ends or backs in coverage and he has the pursuit speed to get to the edge. Even if he never develops into a starting linebacker in the NFL, he will can make an impact on special teams and that can give him a long career in the pros. On tape, Burks toughness is evident–he takes on pulling blockers without hesitation and he does not shy away from contact.

Weaknesses:

  • Will make mistakes in diagnosing that pull him out of position
  • Gets engulfed and will need to become more capable in slipping or playing around blocks
  • Below average punching and playing off blockers
  • RAW for the position still
  • Scouts question instincts
  • Consistency as a tackler is a concern
  • Needs to tackle with better positioning to finish what he starts

Analysis: For as much playing time he has received over the course of his collegiate career, Oren Burks makes his share of mistakes in diagnosing plays–and that draws him out of position with little attempt to make a play. In his strengths I referenced his toughness and willingness to take on blockers–that is all true, but it does not mean he’s successful doing so. He can get engulfed by size, and struggles to shed the block when offensive lineman get their hands on him. Instincts have come into question. He struggles wrapping up ball carriers, giving too much of a shoulder tackle on film. Due to these weaknesses I believe Burks is destined to be a backup linebacker in the NFL who will make an impact and contribute on special teams.

Size: 6’3 233lbs

NFL Comparison: L.J. Fort

Draft Projection: Round 5-6

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