Big Chance For Burnette
May 16th, 2014
A glance at the list of tryout players the Bucs have in rookie minicamp today through Sunday reveals Chris Burnette is the only undrafted player labeled “guard” in the mix.
That seems like quite an opportunity for the young man.
Burnette, (6-3, 314 pounds) was a three-year starter at Georgia at right guard.
So he’s a guard, and the Bucs need guard help.
A pre-draft analysis of Burnette on NFL.com offered the following:
STRENGTHS: Solid base strength to match up with wide-bodies in a phone booth and stand his ground. Flashes shock in his punch and a mean streak in his play. Plays with awareness. Seeks to finish blocks. Has practiced at center. Three-year starter in the Southeastern Conference. Is book smart and football smart and capable of setting protections.
WEAKNESSES: Has short arms and is overly fleshy. Is stressed easily by quickness and is late to cut off the rush and adjust to movement laterally in-line or in space. Is turned too easily. Average recovery speed vs. stunts and counters.
Burnette might finally be healthy. He was a second-team, All-SEC selection as a junior, despite battling a separated shoulder and a torn labrum. He had offseason shoulder surgery before his senior season in 2013. He didn’t miss a start last year.
Joe’s not trying to build Burnette up. he’s just a tryout player, but you just never know. A guy like this with significant college experience might have been training like a beast the past three months and remaking his “fleshy” body.