2021 - Texas A&M, Alabama, Auburn
Burks has a great amount of versatility which will help him see the field in any type of offensive scheme. Thrived the most in the slot when given more room to operate but also found success on the outside and out of the backfield. Could be used in a role similar to Deebo Samuel with the 49ers. Has some of the best ball skills in this draft class. His ability to high point the ball and use his tremendous catch radius truly jump out, especially in man coverage on 50/50 balls which he wins the majority of the time. Is also very dangerous after the catch. Defenders can't get away with arm tackles as he is too strong of a runner. Also has the burst/second gear to simply run away from the defense in the open field and has the elusivness to make defenders miss if they take poor angles or don't break down.
Will need to show that he can run a more complex route tree at the next level. Got away with being more of a "spot" route runner in college that they looked to just find open space to get the ball to. Must get sharper with his route running as well. If he wants to be able to create separation on a consistent level, he will need to be able to make cuts in his breaks instead of rounding them off and relying on his speed. Would also like to see more consistency holding on to passes through contact. Seemed to take his focus off the ball at times while taking on contact which led to drops.
Treylon Burks is an intriguing wide receiver prospect that is right in the first round discussion in a loaded class at the position. The former four-star prospect made an immediate impact at Arkansas, starting in nine games as a true freshman and finishing the season with 866 all-purpose yards. He continued to expand on his role as a sophomore, leading the team with 51 receptions for 820 yards and seven touchdowns, earning him Second Team All-SEC honors. While this was impressive, he truly burst onto the scene in his third and final season with the Razorbacks. Burks finished his junior year with 66 receptions for 1,104 yards and eleven touchdowns. This peformance earned him First Team All-SEC recognition. As a pro, Burks projects as a receiver that will come in and make an immediate impact for whoever takes him. While he looked his best out of the slot, he is a receiver that can be used at many different spots. He is the type of player that will draw a ton of attention from defenses due to his ability to make plays all over the field whether it be in the slot, on the outside, or out of the backfield. As I mentioned earlier, I would love to see him tried in a Deebo Samuel role. It is somewhat difficult to project where Burks will be drafted due to his poor performance at the NFL Combine and the reluctance to improve on those numbers at his pro day. However, when you turn on the film, there's no doubt he is a first round talent. I see him being drafted somewhere between the mid-late first round to a contender caliber team that he can immediately step in and help improve their offense. If put in the right situation, there's no doubt in my mind that Burks can be a Pro Bowl caliber player at the next level.
Is fluid when changing direction in the open field, which helps him after the catch. Very elusive as a ball carrier with the ability to make moves in the open field and make defenders miss. Has a ton of strength in his game overall. Is a very strong runner after the catch. Very rarely brought down by the first tackler without making them feel it or falling forward for extra yards. Strong hands at the point of attack when going up to catch the ball in traffic. Also isn't going to be beat physically off the line of scrimmage by corners in press coverage and won't see him being bullied when trying to block. Plays a lot faster than his combine results showed. Has the deep speed to run past corners in man coverage on the outside and is a nightmare for defenders out of the slot. Has the burst to catch a short pass and hit the second gear up the field to get to the end zone.
Route Tree Variety
Big Play Ability
Doesn't run a huge package of routes. Ran a lot of slants, bubble screens, and fade routes. More of a "spot" route runner where he was asked to simply find gaps in zone coverage. Does a great job of finding those holes in zone coverage and settling so that the quarterback can find him in open space. Has a nice forward lean in his stance which allows him to have solid suddeness in his release. Is a smooth route runner but does struggle with quickness in his breaks, rounds them off instead of making sharp cuts. This makes it hard to use his routes to create separation. Creates most of his separation due to pure speed and strength.
High Points Ball
Has reliable hands for the most part, looking the ball in and securing it before taking on contact. Has a very high catch radius and does a great job of completely extending himself to high point the ball. Comes down with most 50/50 balls when the pass is placed where he can get it. Does have some inconsitencies holding on to passes through contact. Most of his drops occur when he lets the ball hit his chest or tries to cradle it in instead of looking it all the way in.
Run After Catch
Is extremely dangerous after the catch. Uses his speed, elusiveness, and hard nosed running style to pose a threat to take the ball to the end zone at any given moment. Shows great toughness when taking on defenders as a ball carrier. Doesn't shy away from contact by any means. Is able to stay on his feet and bounce off defenders without losing stride. As a blocker, he does show the ability to block down the field. Has the strength and physicality to be trusted as a blocker. Would like to see him stay on blocks longer and show a consistent amount of effort/willingness as a blocker.
Was used all over the offense in many different ways. Lined up in the slot, on the outside, and in the backfield. Used in a lot of different motions to draw the attention of the defense. Is a trusted ball carrier on jet sweeps and even had some experience as a returner on special teams. Does a solid job of recognizing coverages and finding open spaces in the defense. Has very good instincts when tracking the ball in the air. Does a good job of coming back to the ball when necessary, knowing when to become a blocker, and finding ways to make plays in different situations.