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Aaron Burbridge | Wide Receiver

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 208

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49ers selected Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge with the No. 213 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.
Burbridge (6'0/206) earned 2015's Big Ten Receiver of the Year, wrapping his career with 165 catches for 2,174 yards (13.2 YPR) and ten TDs. An inconsistent ball catcher without much separation ability, Burbridge's deficiencies were exposed at the Combine, measuring in with tiny 8-inch hands and running 4.56 with a lowly 30 1/2-inch vertical. Media WR guru Matt Harmon has described Burbridge as a "catch-and-fall guy" who poses no YAC threat. Burbridge was a good college player whose game and skill set are unlikely to transition into the pros. Apr 30 - 5:26 PM

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An anonymous NFL scout said "you can have" Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge.

"You can have him," another scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Drops too many footballs. Why do you think the quarterback (Connor Cook) struggled a little bit this year? He had receivers that dropped balls." Burbridge did post an outstanding 85-1,258-7 line last fall. And while the drops late in the year are concerning, he was one of the best in college football last fall at hauling in back shoulder throws. "Physical," said another scout. "Strong hands. Had some drops latter part of the season. Had a great pro day. Not a burner. Less than 9-inch hands (8 ¼), and that always scares you."
Apr 22 - 8:10 PM

An NFC North scout says Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge's athletic limitations will relegate him to slot duties in the NFL.

The scout said he loved Burbridge's desire and profile but didn't like his athleticism, adding a belief that the prospect is slot-bound in the NFL. Burbridge had an outstanding 2015, posting a 85-1258-7 receiving line. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein doesn't think he has enough quickness to deal with press coverage, agreeing that Burbridge's best bet might be becoming a big slot in the Jason Avant mold.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 29 - 7:11 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Gordon McGuinness believes that "someone like [Michigan State WR] Aaron Burbridge would make sense [for the Panthers] as a later round draft pick."

McGuinness does have his questions about Burbridge given that the 6-foot-1, 208-pound Michigan State product "doesn’t possess the prototypical size teams look for in a number one receiver, and he’s unlikely to blow anyone away with his 40 yard dash time." We can't argue with either point there. At the same time, Burbridge has experience as a No. 1 option after logging an 85-1258-7 receiving line for the 2015 campaign and McGuiness came away impressed with his performance against Michigan corner Jourdain Lewis (who graded out as PFF's top cornerback in the country). In that contest, Burbridge caught seven passes for 109 yards.
Feb 8 - 5:34 PM

Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge caught two passes for 43 yards in Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl.

Burbridge caught a 29-yard Hail Mary from Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel at the end of the game, but was otherwise a non-factor. The 6-foot, 210-pound wideout did do a nice job of catching the pass among a sea of defenders, but there's little else that can be gleaned from the game (as generally tends to be the case at such bowls). During the practice week, waves were made when his hand measured to just eight inches. Fine size for other body parts, but a bit on the small side for a receiver's hand. During the 2015 campaign, he caught 85 passes for 1,258 yards and seven touchdowns while working more/less as QB Connor Cook's only real receiving threat. As such, he does have experience as a No. 1 receiving option, hand size be darned.
Jan 30 - 8:55 PM

Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge's hands measured in at a lowly 8 inches at the Senior Bowl.

"Love his film, but that could really impact his value, maybe push him to late rounds," wrote the Sporting News' Eric Galko. The 6-foot (he had been listed at 6-foot-1), 210-pound Burbridge already had some scouting strikes against him despite impressive film, so this is an unfortunate development. It's important to note that liked his hands just fine on the gridiron.
Jan 26 - 2:24 PM

Michigan State senior WR Aaron Burbridge accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Burbridge stepped into a No. 1 role for Sparty this fall and looked at home, logging an 85-1258-7 line. QB Connor Cook found a successful formula in tossing back shoulder throws to Burbridge. He plays the ball well and has good hands, but the NFL wants to know if he can separate consistently from pro corners.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 10 - 6:45 PM

Michigan State senior WR Aaron Burbridge caught five passes for 39 yards in Thursday's 38-0 loss to Alabama in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Burbridge had just 39 yards receiving, but that tied Josiah Price for the team lead. Which isn't good. Not only was he limited by Alabama's defense, he added to his own woes by dropping several passes. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound senior served as Michigan State's best wide receiver for the 2015 campaign and finished with an 85-1258-7 line. On Wednesday, NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that Burbridge needed to show separation from Alabama's corners "to show he can be a true No. 1 option at the next level." While we think it's somewhat silly to judge anything on one singular game, this was not kind of performance that scouts wanted to see from the senior.
Jan 1 - 12:38 AM

NFL Draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Michigan State senior WR Aaron Burbridge "needs to separate from Jones and Alabama's young stud corners to show he can be a true No. 1 option at the next level."

The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Burbridge has had a solid season for the Spartans in his senior year. As Connor Cook's favorite weapon, he's hauled in 80 receptions, for 1,219 yards, with seven touchdowns on the year. Burbridge has posted 100-plus yards in seven of his first nine games, but has been held to 75 or fewer in each of the last four games.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 03:08:00 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban called Michigan State senior WR Aaron Burbridge "an outstanding player."

"Great ball skills. Strong hands. Strong, physical receiver," Saban said. Burbridge might not be the greatest athlete among the receivers Alabama has faced this season, and his yards after catch numbers (average of 3.7, seven missed tackles) back that up. However, Burbridge is one of the best post up, contested catch receivers in college football. On targets 20-plus yards downfield, Burbridge caught 16 and dropped two. The back shoulder throws from Connor Cook and catches from Burbridge are a staple of Michigan State's game.
Source: AL.com
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 11:22:00 AM

Michigan State senior WR Aaron Burbridge caught five passes for 61 yards in Saturday's 16-13 win over Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game.

Burbridge's 61 yards receiving led Sparty on their way to the tight victory. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound senior logged efforts of 100-plus yards in seven of his first nine games, but has been held to 75 or fewer in each of the last four games. Probably not a coincidence that three of those four sub-par outings came against the tough defenses of Ohio State, Penn State and Iowa. On the whole, he finishes the pre-bowl campaign having caught 80 passes for 1,219 yards and seven touchdowns.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 06:20:00 PM

Michigan State senior WR Aaron Burbridge had six catches for 75 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 55-16 win over Penn State.

He was also more involved in the running attack than he has been all season, converting three totes into 16 yards. We're big fans of the sure-handed Burbridge, who has turned into a reliable target in both the intermediate and deep passing ranges. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound senior has 75 receptions for 1,158 yards and seven touchdowns during Sparty's 11-1 start.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 08:29:00 PM

Michigan State senior WR Aaron Burbridge had four catches for 62 yards in Saturday's 17-14 win over Ohio State.

The Spartans basically mirrored Ohio State's hyper-conservative game plan (both threw only 16 times). Unlike Ohio State, it was their only path to victory. They road it valiantly, walking off on Michael Geiger's 41-yard field goal. Tyler O'Connor and to a much lesser extent Damion Terry filled in for the injured Connor Cook, who the team is hoping to get back for next week against Penn State. Sparty punches a ticket to the Big 10 Championship Game across from Iowa if they can win that one.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 07:19:00 PM

Michigan State senior WR Aaron Burbridge had three catches for 27 yards in Saturday's 24-7 win over Maryland.

DFS owners who invested in the money-in-the-bank Burbridge have to be gritting their teeth. Connor Cook didn't start this game and then got injured before halftime. Both Cook and backup Tyler O'Connor were surprisingly ineffective against Maryland's sieve defense, so Sparty deflated the ball in the second half. We remain high on the underrated Burbridge, who has seven 100-plus yard games and rarely drops balls.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 04:44:00 PM

Michigan State WR Aaron Burdridge has caught every single one of his catchable deep targets.

That's a 100 percent conversion rate on catchable balls thrown beyond 20 yards out of 15, folks. "He’s not just a deep threat either," wrote Ryan Jenson. "Although he ranks first in the country in deep pass catch rate, he has the lowest deep target percentage of the next 22 ranked players. In 2014, current New York Jet and second round pick, Devin Smith, had the highest deep pass catch rate but 54 percent of his targets were beyond 20 yards. Burbridge is over 30 percentage points lower at 22 percent. Burbridge does most of his work under 20 yards but takes advantage when given the chance to go deep." Burbridge is PFF's No. 3 ranked wide receiver at +22.5.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 08:31:00 PM