Uses his big frame well underneath to box defenders away from the play. Again can pluck the ball even with defenders draped all over him, keeps his legs under him in order to maintain balance and is a strong enough kid to consistently break tackles. Isn't real explosive after the catch and just seems to lumber, but has a strong stiff arm and will fight for additional yardage. Shows some effort as a blocker down the field as well, will crack block back inside and isn't afraid to lay the wood.
However, just isn't a real dynamic athlete, even at the DII level. Has some vertical explosion when asked to go up and get the football. But struggles to consistently outpace defenders and get behind them vertically down the field and rarely generates much separation for himself out of his breaks. Doesn't look like he's much more than a 4.55-plus guy on tape and I just doesn't see him consistently being able to slip press, get behind NFL defensive backs quickly and separate. Makes a lot of his catches with defensive backs all over him at the DII level and I don't think he warrants a draft pick at this stage.
Impression: A strong, well-built kid, but doesn't have that initial burst or second gear you look for in a legit NFL receiver prospect. Will have a tough time making a roster."
Positive: Nice-sized underneath receiver with reliable hands. Has good quickness, sells routes, and is sharp into breaks, getting separation from defenders. Nicely adjusts to the errant throw and displays strong hands as well as eye/hand coordination. Looks the pass in, easily makes the reception in stride,and quickly transitions from making the catch to running after the reception. Shows toughness and a willingness to go over the middle and make the difficult reception in a crowd. Finds the open seam in the defense and shows some elusiveness running after the catch.
Negative: Does an adequate job blocking but really does not show a killer mentality for a big receiver. Unnecessarily lets the ball get inside him at times. Leaves his feet for no reason to make the reception. Lacks a burst and deep speed. Benefited from a four-receiver passing offense at West Texas A&M.
Analysis: Burton is a solid prospect with enough skill to make it as a fourth receiver in either a West Coast offense or a system that asks him to run underneath routes."
Negatives: Measured in at the combine over two inches smaller than his listed height of 6-4... Had to spend two years playing at the junior college level before transferring... Not a great student, struggled with grades in college... Below-average route runner... Bit of a slow-twitch athlete, has good long speed but isn't great off the snap and has just average lateral quickness... Inconsistent hands, drops some catchable balls but will make the acrobatic plays... Struggles to get separation in man coverage."
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