Per the Arizona State Press, Burfict said this after being picked up by the Bengals: "I feel comfortable being coached by him [Marvin Lewis]. I know that I’m a first, second round pick and the Bengals got a steal in the draft because nobody drafted me."
He does realize he's talking about himself, right?
This is the same guy that showed up to the NFL Scouting Combine looking like the Pillsbury Doughboy at 248 pounds and failed to crack 5.00 seconds in the 40-yard dash (h/t NFL.com). The top middle linebackers year in and year out have been running the same event in 4.55 seconds or less. Heck, there were offensive linemen that ran faster than Burfict at this year's event.
Per ProFootballTalk, he also reportedly failed his drug test at the same event, proving he has no common sense to stay away from his hashish when his career is at stake.
NFL.com's Mike Mayock—one of the best at evaluating talent in the league—wasn't impressed at all with Burfict's game tape, saying:
I’m not a fan at all. I just watched a bunch of his tape the other day. I came away unimpressed. His instincts aren’t good. He gets enveloped by bigger bodies and he runs around blocks. … For a big, strong guy, he’s nowhere near as strong at the point of attack as I thought he’d be. I don’t see first round at all.
And while watching Burfict's atrocious performance at his pro day, Draft Insider's Tony Pauline said this via his Twitter account:
Word on Vontaze Burfict; not good in position drills (i'm watering that down)...as one scout told me "i actually felt bad for him"— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) March 16, 2012
I think you're starting to get the picture.
Burfict isn't anywhere close to being a first- or second-round talent. He was picked up exactly where he should have been: after the draft.
I'm not saying Burfict can't turn things around with the Bengals. He can. With hard work, tons of film study and a dedication to the game of football—along with a determination to stay away from the weed—Burfict can mold himself into a serviceable middle linebacker.
But from the sounds of it, he's completely delusional at this time, and the word de jour for him would have to be "humility."
Burfict needs to come back down to earth and realize that he's not all that special. He went undrafted for a good reason, and the sooner he comes to terms with that reality, the better off he'll be.
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