I can almost feel some of you cringing as I write this, because I just know that some of you will act unfavorably to this pick.
Personally, when I voted, Burfict wasn’t my pick, nor did I really consider him. That being said though, I am a firm believer in the fact that this kid could become a ferocious talent; I was just not sold on him being picked outside of the seventh round.
Based on raw talent, I can almost guarantee that Burfict will be the best player on the board at this stage, and I imagine that this explains the 31.4 percent of votes that he received.
Burfict is a fiery presence in the middle of the defense, and even before he delivers one of his ferocious blows, he is perhaps the most intimidating player in all of college football. He is great at stopping the run and in addition, is a fantastic pass-rusher on the inside.
Problem is though that Burfict is doing everything to put his talent to waste. It is rare for a game to go by where Burfict hasn’t been flagged multiple times for mindless infringements, and Burfict often struggled to stay in shape last season. Add to the mix a poor showing at the combine (both physically and in the interview room) and you have a player that could well go undrafted.
Though when it’s all said and done, he may well have too much talent to slip past each team in the later rounds, and Arizona would be one of the better destinations for him. He gets to stay in state, and stability surely wouldn’t be a bad thing for this young man. Plus, some high-character players and a high-character coaching staff will help keep him on the straight and narrow.
At pick 151 though, this might just be too big of a risk to take.
Alternate Pick: Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State (13.6%)