Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: Texas, UCLA, Washington, Oregon
Report By: Cody Manning
Deep Speed: 6.90
His quickness in short burst is great, pretty fluid with his agility when he works inside a box, and keeps a proper balance when battling a block. He does a good job when he needs to reset his feet and change his direction. Does a good job at stretching out his body to get in passing lanes or when attempting a tackle. He has speed, but he does look track of speedy receivers when the routes get deep. Solid explosion up the field, can fill gaps quickly.
COVERAGE ABILITY: 6.78
Man Press: 6.50
Man Off: 6.50
Hand Fighting: 6.50
Hips/Turn Ability: 6.90
He can struggle sometimes when he is pressing efficient and shift route runners that get an easy release against him. Solid when he does press a slower receiver or a tight end. Has a tendency of being flat-footed in off coverage, this can allow a one cut and go to get open against him. He is very good in zone coverage as he can sit back and react to the throw. Does a good job at reading the quarterback's eyes. His hand fighting could use some improvement, he could see an increase in pass deflections if he fought at the point of attack. His hip fluidity is average, he needs to be consistent.
Closing Quickness: 6.50
Ball Skills: 6.00
Route/Play Diagnosis: 7.30
He makes the right reads, but his closing quickness lacks which is why his interception and pass deflections are lacking. Just want to see more instincts take over so he can put himself in the position to make a play on the ball. He at least gets there in time to make the tackle.
RUN SUPPORT: 7.30
Quickness Upfield: 6.80
Fight Through Blocks: 7.30
His quickness upfield is average, but he has his moments where he can get up to stuff the run with great timing. He puts up effort to get through blocks and showed he will bounce of the field to get back after the runner. He is a sure tackler, breaks down and wraps up. Just can arm tackle occasionally.
In 29 career games (1 season as a starter) he accrued 116 tackles (72 solo), 9 tackles for loss, 0.5 sack, 1 interception, 9 pass deflections, & 2 fumble recoveries. He is a high-motor guy, gives energy in all 4 quarters and plays to the whistle.
Just needs more consistency with his instincts, he has moments where he flashes, then will have slower reactions at times. Great communicator, understands his role within the scheme and lets his teammates know where they all need to be.
He is a versatile safety that can line up deep, in the box, or in the slot. Keeps up his play on every snap. Solid at recognizing plays develop and how the receiver is running his route. Better in zone coverage when he can sit back and react to the quarterback. Pretty solid against tight ends that come out to the slot, he can flip his hips and run with the majority of them. Works within the box very fluidity and does a good job of filling gaps on runs. Takes great pursuit angles, he can adjust to the runner, and track him down. Just an overall solid player that has the intelligence to put himself in a position to make a play.
Not super athletic has the speed (4.46) but didn't show it often on the tape. He could be more productive if his instincts flashed more often, would like to see more twitch from him so he could convert potential pass deflections or interceptions. Struggles to cover shifty players, he can get flat-footed, and a little wiggle can create separation from him staying on their hips in man coverage. Falls for fakes and play actions, this allows guys to get by him easily. Struggles the more he gets away from the box as he can get lost in space at times or to stick on his man at the top of routes. Only a 1-year starter, he will enter without much experience at the position.
Burgess offers a team a versatile safety that can be used in a variety of ways, depending on the scheme, and what a defensive coordinator asks out of him. He is suited to thrive in a strong safety role that plays him closer to the box to help defend the run, spy on the quarterback, and defend the pass in the slot. He will struggle with solid route runners at the next level, but he has the capabilities to matchup with most tight ends and give them fits. In Year 1, he can come in as a depth piece to a secondary that can work his way into the rotation as the season goes along. He can be a great gunner on special teams and that is where he may see the majority of his snaps during his rookie season. While he doesn't offer a super high ceiling as a player if he can work on refining his man coverage skills and be more consistent with his instincts than he could work his way into the starting lineup by his third season. By Year 3, he should be a solid contributor to a defensive unit that is playing a significant amount of snaps. His floor as a player is a special teams player who is a depth piece on a roster. Just an overall sound player that can succeed at the next level because of his smarts.