2011 NFL Draft: Utah Cornerback Brandon Burton Declares, Is He A 1st Rounder?
2011 NFL Draft seems pretty deep at corner back, and one of the players contributing to that depth is Utah corner Brandon Burton, who announced on January 3rd that he'll pass on a fourth year at school and will enter the 2011 NFL Draft.
Even with standout Florida corner Janoris Jenkins returning to school, teams will have some talented options to choose from if they're looking to fill a hole in their secondary via the draft.
Burton was one of the leaders of a Utah defense that played a big part in the team's early-season rise towards the top of the national rankings. The junior is considered a strong cornerback prospect thanks to a good combination of size and speed.
Burton is 6 foot even, and a solid 185 pounds, and he's put together strong statistical numbers at Utah. His highlight reel play would most likely be considered his block of a BYU extra point, which would have potentially tied the game, a play that delivered Utah a slim 17-16 win over their in-state rivals.
Burton is not a first round talent, as there's some distance between him and the top of the cornerback class (LSU's Peterson, Nebraska's Prince).
But he seems bound for a 2nd or 3rd round spot, which usually still means a big role in an NFL defense right away. He probably falls into the territory of Texas CB Aaron Williams, and Burton will need a good showing at the combine to potentially increase his stock.
For more on the 1st round, check out: 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Entire 1st Round Predictions, Number 1 May Surprise You.
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