—Has experience as an inside and outside linebacker, as well as in a 3-4 and 4-3 defense.
—Quick feet allow him to excel in coverage and get to the football quickly.
—Matches up well against athletic running backs and tight ends in man coverage.
—Fearlessly takes on blockers and fills gaps.
—Great character off the field and established leader on the field.
—Too slow to analyze plays in front of him. Has to rely too much on speed to make tackles.
—Unafraid of blockers and playing in traffic but struggles to disengage from blocks.
—Great speed for the position (4.59) but overruns plays.
—Needs to add strength at the point of contact, tackling and taking on blocks.
—Defensive scheme changes at Vanderbilt left him without a true position.
A very athletically gifted linebacker with a ton of experience in different schemes. However, all the changes on defense left Oren Burks without a true position and puts him behind fundamentally. He will fit in well with a team that runs multiple sub-packages and is looking for a good coverage linebacker with special teams upside. Burks will be a late-round selection to develop and play on special teams in the meantime.
GRADE: 5.50 (Round 6)
PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Derrick Johnson, free agent